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Meet Lee

Lee RumbargerI joined the Teaching Engagement Program in Fall 2012, only the second director in TEP’s 25-year history. I’m fortunate to inherit a professional, positive program that meets teachers of every rank and discipline with interest and care.

TEP hosts an annual program of workshops and conversations on teaching. These slide between perennial “nuts and bolts” teaching topics—enhancing class discussion, boosting interactivity in large classes—and topics of special interest and concern to our faculty. With our campus partners we’ve just hosted or are planning, for example, events on understanding the teaching implications of the rise in UO’s international student population, responding when students disclose traumatic experiences, and adding community-based components to courses. I look forward to talking with UO’s teachers about the issues around which you’d like TEP to bring us together.

In addition to directing TEP, I’m a member of UO’s English department, where I teach modern fiction, writing, and theories of literacy. After completing my Ph.D. on homefront modernism at the University of Texas at Austin, I became director of the Vassar College Writing Center. That center helped govern the College’s writing requirement and led faculty development and assessment activities surrounding writing. Most recently, I worked at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where I taught literature and helped the Department of English and College of Humanities develop new models of writing instruction and interdisciplinarity.

I look forward to meeting you and hope you’ll be in touch to talk about your classes and your ideas about continuing to develop UO’s teaching culture. 

Email me at leona@uoregon.edu.