Tracy Lauder leads Project Ampersand, a college-wide program that supports the E&H student experience—connecting passions to projects that create positive change in the world. In her role, Tracy works with faculty, staff, and students across the campus to make meaningful connections and to provide support for their project-based work in both academic and co-curricular activities. She also coordinates with the offices of admissions, institutional advancement, and public relations in communicating with outside constituents about the work of the campus community.

Prior to becoming Director of Project Ampersand, Tracy served the college on the mass communications faculty for 12 years teaching graphic design, public relations, persuasion theory, and women and media. She also continues to teach in the core curriculum, notably Transitions I (the first-year seminar) and Connections (the senior capstone course). Her research interests focus on the cultural impact of mass mediated messages.

Before joining the academy full time, Tracy worked at the Birmingham-based Southern Progress Corporation (a Time-Warner subsidiary) in the corporate public relations office and as a travel editor for Southern Living magazine. She also ran a freelance writing and consulting business where she worked for the sales teams of Cooking Light and Weight Watchers magazines and launched the coastal travel magazine Southern Breeze.

Educational Background

Ph.D., communications, University of Alabama

M.J., public relations, Louisiana State University

B.A., English, University of West Alabama