As a literature teacher, Dr. Wauhkonen is committed to the view that engaged reading makes us better critical thinkers and transforms our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. He believes that the primary value of literary study is not so much learning about literature, but learning through literature.
Professional Title: Associate Professor of English
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Humanities; Liberal Education
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: English
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Bildungsroman; 19th Century American Novel; Romanticism in the Arts: Literature, Painting, Music; Family in Literature; Short Fiction and Novella; Writing and the Literary Arts; English Composition
Education: BA, University of Denver; MA, Northeastern University; EdD, Boston University
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Dr. Wauhkonen has over thirty years of teaching experience at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design, where he served as Chair of the Liberal Arts Department for fifteen years. In addition to first year composition and literature courses, Dr. Wauhkonen teaches a variety of electives, including Short Fiction and Novella, the Family in Literature, Romanticism in the Arts: Literature, Painting, Music. Aside from his teaching, Dr. Wauhkonen is currently the Coordinator of First Year Writing. Outside of Lesley, Dr. Wauhkonen served as Scholar in Residence in Boston University's Teachers Academy in South Carolina. He has written articles and given conference presentations at local and national conferences on topics in the humanities and education; his current research interests focus on the role and efficacy of liberal arts study in the undergraduate curriculum. As a teacher of composition and literature, Dr. Wauhkonen is committed to the belief that engaged reading makes us better critical thinkers and transforms our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live - that the primary value of literary study is not so much learning about literature, but learning through literature.
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