Welcome!

By , 25/01/2014 11:16 AM

Welcome readers — students, faculty, friends, and others.

This is the place for introductions: me — Dr. William Lee Mangrum — to you. I am a Visiting Instructor at Fort Lewis College, teaching in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Durango, Colorado). The students perched on this dry, sloping mesa in Southwestern Colorado have been wonderful to me. We laugh, argue, read, debate, sit in silence, and grow together.

The faculty and the administration have likewise welcomed me into this campus community and encouraged me in my work. After many years laboring inside religious institutions, I am fortunate to land in this wide place of exceptional beauty, outdoor activity, and celebration of “learning and the liberal arts.”

I am a member of the The Writing Program here at Fort Lewis College. I am privileged to work with several outstanding instructors in the Fort Lewis College Writing Program. This is a very large program directed by Dr. Erik Juergensmeyer. In addition to his duties with The Writing Program, Dr. Juergensmeyer serves as the Coordinator for the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor. Our department is academically diverse — as is student writing across the disciplines — with seventeen faculty working in this area (WP Faculty Profiles).

This Spring Term 2014 I’m teaching a single section of Composition 126: The Craft of Research and two sections of Composition 250: Academic Inquiry and Writing. Teaching composition melds my favorite subjects — reading and writing — in vigorous conversation with my favorite group of students — freshmen. Working with incoming students is an exhilarating challenge; they keep me laughing and crying and marveling at the infinite incarnations of our (fragile) human condition. Young students get a bad rap, sometimes. That’s unfortunate. I welcome their honesty, their openness, and their willingness to learn if carefully shown why learning matters. If you honor their “So What?” — whole worlds will open for them and you!

Now that you’ve met me, perhaps you would tell me something about you and your interests? That’s how the world grows and connections strengthen. Please, stop by during my office hours; I’m in Nobel Hall, Room 234. Or, call and leave a message at 970-247-6764. Of course, there is also email (mangrum_w@fortlewis.edu),  and several other ways to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.

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