Brandenburg named new dean of Languages & Literature

PLAINVIEW -- Dr. Laura Brandenburg was recently named the new dean of the School of Languages and Literature at Wayland Baptist University, filling the position vacated by Dr. Cindy McClenagan, who has transitioned into her new role as Vice President of Academic Affairs.

As dean, Brandenburg will now report directly to McClenagan who oversaw the decision to promote her to the new position.

Dr. Laura Brandenburg“I am confident that Dr. Brandenburg’s administrative skills, even temperament, and purposeful vision will move the school forward in a positive manner,” McClenagan said.

Brandenburg has taught for Wayland’s School of Languages and Literature for six years, first as an online adjunct instructor and then as a full-time assistant professor of English. She teaches both face-to-face and online courses, primarily in composition and rhetoric, technical communication and professional writing. Brandenburg earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Angelo State University in 2007. She then earned a Master of Arts in English from Texas Tech University in 2009, specializing in Linguistics. Also at Texas Tech, Brandenburg completed her Ph.D. in Technical Communication in 2012, specializing in Composition and Rhetoric.

Brandenburg looks forward to serving faculty and students alike in her new role as dean.
“I love administration as much as I love teaching,” Brandenburg said. “My greatest interest is in students; we do administration so that we can serve our students.”

The School of Languages and Literature offers undergraduate majors in English and Spanish, with English specializations available in American Literature, British Literature, and Professional Writing. Minors are offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Latin, and Professional Writing. A Master of Arts in English is available online, as is a Master of Arts in Humanities, taught in conjunction with the School of Behavioral and Social Science and the School of Religion.