Laura Strudwick | 503-956-4937 | |


Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA

Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, 2010-2014

Description of degree:  Interdisciplinary field of comparative studies combining literature, religious studies, philosophy, and depth psychology

Dissertation title:  Prismatic Perception:  An Emerging Mythology of the Millennial Mind  

M.A. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, 2008-10

Portland State University, Portland, OR

M.Ed., Secondary Education, 2003

Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

B.A.'s in English Literature and Philosophy, 1994


Webmaster and author of Archetypal Entries website. 2014.

Strudwick, Laura. “Mandalas of Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish:  Geometric Soul-Images in Melville’s Moby-Dick.” Mythological Studies Journal 2 (2011). Web.      

Strudwick, Laura. “Infinite Space and Self-Similar Form in Alchemy and Fractal Geometry.” Mythological Studies Journal 1 (2010). Web.               


“Crazy Mix-Em-Ups: The User-Generated Internet’s Influence on Expanding Perception,” Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2015 


Pacifica Graduate Institute Academic Scholarship, 2008 – 11

Graduate Research Assistantship, Portland State University, 1999 – 2000

Whitworth University Academic Scholarship, 1989 – 94

Whitworth University Writing Award, 1990 – 91

Whitworth University Music Scholarship, 1990 – 91


Mythological Studies Journal, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Editor-in-Chief                                                                                                                                                          2011

Directed Editorial Board of this peer-reviewed, web-based student journal

Coordinated initiative to improve journal for future issues

Peer Reviewer                                                                                                                                                        2010, 2012

Evaluated submissions and made recommendations for publication

Peer-edited authors’ papers

 Graduate School of Education, Portland State University

Dissertation Editor                                                                                                                                                 1999 – 2000

Proofread masters theses and doctoral dissertations for punctuation, grammar, and APA formatting

Researcher                                                                                                                                                               1999 – 2000

Specialized in ERIC database searches for professors

Commissioned by Oregon Business Council as director of “Homeschooling in Oregon” project; conducted in-home and telephone interviews with parents of homeschooled children; analyzed data


Modern Language Association

American Academy of Religion

Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council for the Social Studies


Private Tutor                                                                                                                                                            2007 – present

Sole proprietor of tutoring service business specializing in writing, humanities content, and academic support

Faculty Positions                                                                                                                                                    

Middle school humanities and English faculty, Oregon Episcopal School, 2003-09

High school language arts, social studies, psychology faculty, Reynolds Learning Academy, 2000-03

Summer Program instructor, language arts and rhetoric courses, 2007-14

                  Oregon Teaching License, 6-12 Language Arts, 2000-11

Academic Support Counselor, Oregon Episcopal School, 2004-09

Assessed individual student progress using neurodevelopmental framework

Communicated assessment to students, parents, and teachers

Worked with students and teachers to implement management strategies


Committee Work                                                                                                                                                           

Interim administrator of 6th grade team of teachers and counselors, 2008

Leader of academic support team, 2006-08

Member of school-wide English Curriculum Committee, 2007-09

Member of school-wide Communications Committee, 2004-06

Service Learning Education Programs                                                                                                                        

Co-created and implemented Service Learning program at Reynolds Learning Academy, 2000-03

Coordinated and participated in tri-monthly service learning outreach trips with students, 2003-09

Created and implemented service learning-based course “Psychology of Animal Behavior” for at-risk teenagers, 2000-03

Conducted action research on outcomes of at-risk youth participating in animal service work, 2002-03

Mentor to New Teachers                                                                                                                                                2005 – 08

                    Mentored teachers new to the profession and/or school to acclimate them to the school’s culture and advise on best teaching practices


English—native language

French—speak, read, and write with basic competence


Morocco, leadership development seminar, 2 weeks, 2014

Mongolia and China, science research volunteer and historical tour, 5 weeks, 2010

Algeria, Sahara Desert camel caravan with Tuareg guides, 3 weeks, 2008

Europe:  United Kingdom, Isle of Man, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands,1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2008

Co-leader of two French student exchange trips to Québec, participated in two 2-week home stays with French language immersion, 2006-07

Organized and led four school trips to Vancouver, B. C. for 68 students and 9 teachers, 2004-07