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Professor Tara Wood chosen to present the 2018 Last Lecture

04/03/2018 11:52 am

Rockford, Ill., – Assistant Professor of English Tara Wood, Ph.D. will present the ‘Last Lecture’ on April 17, 4 p.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. The lecture is part of the spring Forum series at the University and provides an opportunity students to nominate a member of the faculty  to deliver his or her ‘last lecture’ as the University nears the end of its academic year. 

Tara WoodThe Last Lecture series at Rockford University was inspired by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to his death in 2008. Before his death he was asked to give the students his Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch delivered a laugh-filled session of teaching stories, about going after your childhood dreams, and helping others achieve theirs. The Last Lecture Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Father Robert J. Verstynen Trust; honoring Rockford University faculty members
for their years of teaching and example of lifelong learning.

Professor Wood was chosen based on nominations from students. Professor Wood joined the English Department in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor. She earned her BA and MA from Colorado State University and her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. She teaches classes in the English department, in the rhetoric sequence, and in the Gender Studies program. Her scholarly interests are in writing pedagogy, disability, and gender/feminist theory, and her work has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in College Composition and Communication, and in Composition Studies

The Last Lecture is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. Please contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or to reserve your tickets or for more information. Fisher Chapel is accessible.