Laura Cruz

Director/Associate Professor
Office: Hunter 182
Campus Phone: 2093
E-Mail: lcruz@email.wcu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Course Design
  • Active/Engaged Learning
  • Boyer Model of Scholarship
  • Organizational Change
  • Role-play and Simulations
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Graduate Student Development
  • Culture of Higher Education
  • Academic Editing

Interesting Facts

Originally from Richmond, VA, I received my MA in History from Purdue in 1994 and my PhD in European History from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001.
I will say that living in northern California had a profound effect on my personal and teaching philosophies (and it shows, in a good way, I think).

I joined the faculty at Western Carolina University in 2002 and currently hold the rank of Associate Professor. My signature class was probably the history of death course (or, as it was called  around here, death class), a lower division liberal studies course that examined attitudes towards death through the ages using highly experiential methods. 

 In June of 2011, I was fortunate to become the Director of the Coulter Faculty Commons.

 

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