Andrew Lamers

 

 Professor of English

 

Bakersfield College

 

Personal Information:

Degrees:

B.A., English, University of Kansas, 1984.

B.A., Mass Media Communications, University of Kansas, 1984.

M.A., English (composition and Native American Lit.),  University of Kansas, 1991.

Experience:

My experiences as an employee in radio, advertising, promotions, human resources, and public relations have given me a unique appreciation of how companies value employees with strong reading and writing skills. In every one of these positions, an employee's ability to effectively comprehend what they read and to clearly communicate ideas through writing was essential to the companies' success. This is just as true for small local companies as it is for larger corporations,

In addition to teaching at Bakersfield College since 1996, I’ve taught English classes at the University of Kansas and at Neosho Valley Community College (also in Kansas) from 1989-1996.

Teaching Philosophy:

"The teacher opens the door, but the student must walk through it." -- Zen proverb

If you are (or ever have been) one of my students, chances are that you've seen or heard this proverb. I hope to make my students feel comfortable about approaching me with questions, but at the same time, I don't always hand over the answers they may be hoping for. My belief is that students must take an active part in their own educations and not play the role of "passive learners" who expect that all they need to know will simply be given to them without much (if any) effort on their parts.

My experience as an employee for various companies and corporations have influenced my expectations as an instructor. Students are required to contact me before class begins regarding absences and tardies, to bring the necessary materials -- specifically their textbooks, which they must purchase -- to each class period, and to complete assignments by the deadlines listed in the syllabus. These basic principles in my classes mirror the minimum expectations that future employers will have. (Okay, that's a lie: future employers will demand much more!)

 

Contact Information:

Office Location and Office Hours

OFFICE:

H-40 (Humanities Building)

 

OFFICE HOURS:

SPRING 2011

Mondays + Wednesdays     9:45 -- 11:15

Tuesdays + Thursdays     10:15 -- 11:15

 

OFFICE PHONE:

(661) 395-4399 (with 24-hour voice mail)

 

Please Note: I rarely check voice mail during

holidays and semester breaks. Students are

encouraged to email me at the address listed below.

 

 

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT MAIN OFFICE:

English department office: 395-4252

   (emergencies only)

STUDENTS NEEDING TEXTBOOK INFORMATION THAT IS NOT LISTED BELOW  SHOULD CONTACT THE BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE BOOKSTORE

CAMPUS EMAIL:

alamers@bakersfieldcollege.edu

 

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Courses Taught:

 

English B60 – Basic Writing Skills

Required Texts: Strategies for College Writing (Harris/Moseley)  ISBN: 0-558-94765-4

(Note: The above text is a custom-build and may not be available online)

A college/collegiate dictionary is also required. It should come bundled with new textbook purchases, but if it does not or if students are buying used textbooks, they will also be required to purchase:

Webster's Handy College Dictionary     ISBN: 0-451-21905-8

 

Upon the successful completion of English B60, the student will have acquired the abilities to do the following:

 

English B1A – Expository Writing

Required Texts: New Century Pocket Guide for Writers, 3rd. edition (ISBN: 0-321-39957-9)

The Mercury Reader (ISBN: 0-536-99671-7)

The Taming of the Shrew, "No Fear Shakespeare" Edition (ISBN: 10-1-4114-0100-X)

The Handmaid's Tale (ISBN: 0-385-49081-X)

A Farewell to Arms (ISBN: 0-684-80146-9)

Troubleshooting Guide for Writers, 6th edition (Clouse) ISBN: 0-07-338383-X

 

Upon the successful completion of English B1A, the student will have acquired the abilities to do the following:

 

English B1B – Introduction to Types of Literature

Required Texts: Introduction to Literature (Kennedy -- portable 10th edition) ISBN: O-205-68610-9

A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving) ISBN: 0-345-41797-6

Macbeth (Shakespeare) ISBN: 1-4022-0688-7

A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers, 6th edition (Clouse) ISBN: 0-07-338383-X

 

Upon the successful completion of English B1B, the student will have acquired the abilities to do the following:

 

English B10 – Introduction to Shakespeare

 

Upon the successful completion of English B10, the student will have acquired the abilities to do the following:

 

 

Please note: This website is updated infrequently. As a result, students seeking additional

information about course policies, handouts, syllabi, etc., are encouraged

to email the instructor at the address below:

 

alamers@bakersfieldcollege.edu

 

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English Department Homepage:             http://www2.bc.cc.ca.us/english/Default.htm 

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last updated 09  December 2010


Contact: alamers@bakersfieldcollege.edu