Lori Ostergaard

Lori Ostergaard

Title: Associate Professor and Chair
Office: 379 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-2075
Fax: 248-370-4208
E-mail: ostergaa@oakland.edu
Website:  http://comp-rhet.net
Vita: http://comp-rhet.net/vita.htm


Lori Ostergaard is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Her archival research examines the history of composition-rhetoric at Midwestern normal schools and high schools. Lori focuses primarily on the research, theories, and practices of educators working during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

Her research has appeared in Rhetoric Review, Composition StudiesComposition ForumJournal of Teaching WritingStudies in the HumanitiesIssues in Writing, and Peitho.

Lori has also co-edited three collections since 2009, including Transforming English Studies: New Voices in an Emerging Genre, which she co-edited with Jim Nugent and Jeff Ludwig and which is available from Parlor Press. 

Lori also co-authored, with Greg Giberson and Marshall Kitchens, the proposal for the Writing and Rhetoric Major at Oakland, and her research has investigated the various formations and implications of our undergraduate degree programs. She co-edited, Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles with Greg Giberson and Jim Nugent. This collection examines writing majors at a variety of institutional sites around the country.

Lori's collection of archival histories, In the Archives of Composition: Writing and Rhetoric at High Schools and Normal Schools, which she co-edited with Henrietta Rix Wood, offers new and revisionary narratives of composition and rhetoric’s history. This collection examines composition instruction and practice at secondary schools and normal colleges, the two institutions that trained the majority of U.S. composition teachers and students during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The chapters provide accounts of writing instruction within contexts often overlooked by current historical scholarship.

WRT 102: Basic Writing
WRT 150: Composition I
WRT 160: CompositionII
WRT 233: Digital Storytelling
WRT 320: Peer Tutoring in Composition
WRT 329: Composition Studies
WRT 330: Digital Culture
WRT 380: Persuasive Writing
WRT 386: Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
WRT 370/525: Teaching Writing with New Media
WRT 414/614: Teaching Writing



Selected Publications



Archives of Composition