B.S., M.S.,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaching Specialties/Research Interests
Literacy and composition pedagogy, the role of reflection in metacognition, and undergraduate student satisfaction and persistence
Biography and Selected Publications
Professor Laura Soldner has been a member of the English Department for the past 30 years. Prior to her time at NMU, she taught community college courses, high-school completion classes, and middle and high school literacy courses. Laura’s primary areas of undergraduate instruction include Academic Literacy and Learning courses, Developmental Composition, and Good Books; at the graduate level, her focus has been on pedagogy coursework, primarily the Teaching Colloquium and the Teaching of Reading.
Across campus, Laura is well known for her advocacy of student retention and success. She was NMU's original Director of the First Year Experience (FYE) Program, begun in 1995, as well as the English Department’s Director of Composition from 2007 to 2016.
Laura has co-authored, Communication Counts in College, Career, and Life, 2e with David and Deborah Worley in 2012, Her articles been published in the Journal of College Literacy and Learning, the International Journal of the Humanities; The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; and The Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice.
Laura has also received numerous honors and awards, both from the university as well as outside bodies. From NMU, she has received awards such as an Excellence in Teaching, a Distinguished Team Member (for work on the Developmental Education Advisory Council), and a University Merit Award (for teaching and service). Outside the university, she has been recognized by the College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association for her two decades of service, by Rotary International with its Paul Harris Fellow Award for her work with the Higashiomi Sister City Scholars, and by Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshmen Honor Society as Advisor of the Year.