Hello London Students!
My name is Lauren Rice. I'll be your instructor, fellow adventurer, and spirit guide for London Study Abroad Program in the Spring of 2017. Travel and adventure, along with reading and writing have always been passions of mine, and I am beyond excited to share this journey with you!
I am the Group Leader and a professor of English, writing, and literature at the DMACC Newton Campus. I teach everything from Composition to Humor in Literature and Creative Writing to students of all ages and backgrounds. I love teaching courses that focus on writing and reading because these are subjects that allow the learner to focus on any topic of interest. Writing and reading are the vehicles that take us around the world, into the human experience, and give us a great understanding of ourselves.
I started teaching in graduate school at the University of New Orleans. I was working on my MFA in Creative Writing, and I taught composition classes and worked in the writing center as part of my assistantship. Leaving my home in Iowa (I grew up in Des Moines and went to college at the University of Iowa) to go to school in New Orleans was one of my first big adventures. New Orleans is a crazy place, and I learned a lot about the world and myself by getting out of my comfort zone.
After graduate school I taught classes part time at DMACC, worked at my best friend's backpacking and travel store, and eventually worked as a fact-checking intern for Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco. Teaching has always been not just a way to foot the bill for adventure, but also a way to have adventures without leaving home. I started teaching full-time at the Newton Campus in 2011.
My academic interests include flipped-classrooms, student-centered learning, and, of course, travel writing. I can't wait for the city of London to be our classroom. Mark Twain once wrote, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” This is my philosophy! I hope that while we are in London, the majority of our time will be spent experiencing everything the city, the country, and Europe has to offer.
In my personal life, I love to have adventures and new experiences both at home and abroad. I have traveled as far as the Silk Road in Uzbekistan and I have ridden my bike across Flanders in northern Belgium. At home, I enjoy camping, hiking, and riding my bike. This summer will mark my 7th RAGBRAI. I recently started sailing and cross-country skiing. My home base is Des Moines, and I share it with my dog, a red mutt named Holiday.
I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I hope you will share with me your interests and goals for the program so that we can tailor it to your personal preferences! If you have any questions, or just want to swap adventure stories, please contact me at 641-791-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.