Title: Professor for Language and Literature Director, The McBride Center for Faith and Literature, Director, Honors Program
Hometown: Hennessey, OK
Degree: Oklahoma Christian University - B.A. English; University of Oklahoma - M.A. English; University of Oklahoma - Ph.D. English
Scott LaMascus says the "power of transformative experiences" and the "quest for meaning" are what drive his work- whether in helping students grow as writers and thinkers or in classes he has enjoyed teaching over the years including Literary Criticism, Literary Theory, American Literature, C.S. Lewis, Southern & Southwest Fiction, African-American Literature, American Romantics, and Modern Poetry. LaMascus sees the journey as a real and vital link between OC students and faculty. "Regardless what seems to separate us, we all are on this quest for growth and for meaning," he said.
The annual McBride lecture is one opportunity for a powerful experience along the road for students, faculty, and our entire community. Since 2000, LaMascus has worked to bring nationally-known writers to campus for discussions of faith and of ideas. He now coordinates visits of McBride lecture guests who have included Kathleen Norris, best-selling author of Dakota and Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate. For more details see http://www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter.
The Senior Capstone course is another project LaMascus particularly enjoys- a unique course which builds coherence among students' experiences in the university by focusing on senior-year transitions. OC Seniors in Language and Literature benefit from visiting graduate campuses, attending events across the city and state, and presenting a "mastery project" in a public celebration of undergraduate research.
Excellence in his classrooms has been recognized with awards for teaching from the University of Oklahoma, Georgia Southwestern State University, and OC. He routinely has presented on national and regional conference programs since 1993. In 2008, he will chair a discussion of the work of Marilynne Robinson by a panel of scholars at the Modern Language Association convention in San Francisco.
LaMascus served as Chair of the Department of Language and Literature from 2000 to 2006. An experienced publications manager, he has been a professional writer and freelance editor since 1984. Now he also serves as Director of the University Honors Program. He is co-editor of Decades of Destiny (ACU Press 2004) and recently wrote a Foreword for a book about diaries of American confederate women (Mellen 2008). He is married to Alice Mankin, M.D. With their two sons, they are active members of the Memorial Road Church of Christ. www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter