Dr. Laura Brandenburg
The Language of Education
Dr. Laura Brandenburg considers herself a dyed-in-the-wool West Texan. Born in Odessa and raised in Amarillo and Snyder, Brandenburg graduated high school from Coronado High in Lubbock and attended Angelo State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism. She also met and married her husband, Howell, while attending Angelo State.
Brandenburg then moved back to Lubbock to attend graduate school at Texas Tech where she earned a master’s in English with an emphasis in linguistics and a Ph.D. in Technical Communications and Rhetoric. It was toward the end of earning her Ph.D. that Brandenburg and her husband knew that they wanted to stay in West Texas.
“I liked the idea of teaching at a Christian university and had applied to adjunct at the (Wayland) Lubbock campus,” Brandenburg said.
At the same time, then Languages and Literature dean Cindy McClenagan emailed Brandenburg about teaching a research writing class online.
“I felt very fortunate when a full-time faculty position opened up the next year. Although I wasn’t finished with my PhD at the time, I had hoped I could get my foot in the door because I knew Wayland was a place I could see myself investing in,” Brandenburg recalled. “By the end of my first year as a full-time faculty, I’d finished my Ph.D., and we’d moved to Plainview—where Howell and I both feel very much at home.”
Brandenburg also said that the reason she loves Wayland is that the university cares about its students more than anything.
“Students are the reason I wanted to be in higher education in the first place. They are the future, and I love getting to invest in their education, support their dreams, and encourage them to push themselves to their full potential.”
Brandenburg and her husband also enjoy attending the various drama and sporting events that her students are involved in.
“Our evening entertainment usually consists of, ‘What’s happening at Wayland tonight?’”
When they’re not at Wayland events, the Brandenburgs enjoy spending time at their family ranch in Dickens, TX or going on weekend trips. They’re the proud owners of two dogs, a Wheaten Terrier and a Weimaraner.
“We’re also very involved in our church, co-leading the prayer team for Sunday mornings and special events and hosting a life group in our home on Wednesday evenings.”