Phone: (254) 710-4697
Office Location: Castellaw 145
MW - 11:00 - 1:30
TTR - 11:00 - 12:00 and 1:30 - 2:30
Or By Appointment.
Department of Communication Studies
One Bear Place #97368
Waco, TX 76798-7368
Laurel Medhurst has been a lecturer in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad since 1976. She has taught upper and lower division undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, group communication and business communication. She has also taught a graduate course in writing for the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. For three years she was director of the Writing Laboratory at Texas A&M University, during which time she also developed the College of Liberal Arts’ English proficiency exam, wrote Texas A&M’s response to the Texas legislature’s mandate of TASP, and developed the university’s TASP writing course. She served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including faculty search committees and course development committees, and was a member of the Texas A&M President-appointed Women’s Studies Task Force.
She has served as departmental public relations chief and as an internship coordinator. Additionally, she has given seminars, workshops and short courses for doctoral and master students in the colleges of liberal arts, engineering and agriculture and Texas A&M, and she has been a guest speaker for professional organizations in the private sector in Texas and in Louisiana. She has offered continuing education courses for Texas A&M staff and U.S. military personnel in West Germany. She was employed as a non-certified paralegal researcher and technical writer for a large corporate law firm in Louisiana and as a communication consultant in Texas and Louisiana. Her research has been primarily in the areas of communication competence, women’s communication patterns, and nonverbal communication. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in psychology from Texas A&M in 1975 and her M.A. in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University in 1983.
Having joined the Baylor family in 2003, Mrs. Medhurst served the Department of English from January of 2005 through May of 2011 as a part-time lecturer, teaching English 3300, Technical and Professional Writing. She eagerly begins her work in the Department of Communication Studies in the fall of 2011.