Laura Strudwick, Ph.D. | |


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-person and telephone interviews of parents of homeschooled children; analyzed data


  • Prismatic Perception: An Emerging Mythology of the Millennial Mind. Dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, 2014. Proquest Dissertations and Theses Open.

  • Webmaster and author of Archetypal Entries website. 2014.

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

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


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, 2007-17

  • Oregon Teaching License, 6-12 Language Arts, 2000-11, renewed 2017

Academic Support Counselor, Oregon Episcopal School, 2004-09

  • Assessed individual student progress using neurodevelopmental framework

  • Communicated assessment to students, parents, and teachers

  • Collaborated with students and teachers to implement management strategies


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


  • 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


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 practice