Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 311 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2745
Fax: (248) 370-2748
Laura Gabrion has taught writing and literature at a variety of levels, and her specific interest is teaching writing with new media. She is a Teacher Consultant for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, coordinator of professional development activities, and a facilitator in the Meadow Brook Writing Project Youth Writing Camps at Meadow Brook Hall.
B.A., English, University of Michigan, 1988
M.A., English Literature, DePaul University, 1994
Post-graduate Professional Development, Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University
Co-editor and contributor to the 2008 In the Company of Writers.
She has presented at the LAND Conference and the TYCA Midwest Conference several times each.
Pedagogy, like writing, is a recursive process. In my quest to create better writers, I craft units that are, of course, aligned with the departmental outcomes and objectives. Yet, since the ability to write well reflects much about the writer, I am invested in finding methods that will support and nurture my students’ growth as writers who will need to communicate effectively in a changing world. Thus, mixed in with a process-oriented approach is time reserved for other assignments, such as service learning, new media, discussion forums and expressivist in-class writing prompts. Ultimately, the time I take with each assignment is well spent and will, in the long run, enhance the skills of many of my students as well as my own approach to teaching them how to write well.
Her classes are technology rich, using Moodle, Prezi, videos as arguments, visual definitions, multimodal collages, Animoto, and audio comments on drafts.
Laura Gabrion has been teaching at Oakland University since 2007.