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Laura Hartley graduated with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (IL) and then received her master’s and doctorate in Linguistics with a specialization in Sociolinguistics from Michigan State University. She taught for seven years in the Intercultural Relations program of Lesley University in Cambridge,MA and also worked as a Special Assistant to the President and as the university’s Grants Officer during that time.
Dr. Hartley moved to the Philadelphia area in 2005 when her husband took a position as Assistant Professor of Christian Mission at Palmer Theological Seminary (the seminary of Eastern University). At that time, Dr. Hartley joined the faculty of Eastern University, teaching in the Communication Studies and Anthropology departments. She has both a personal and professional interest in intercultural communication and cross-cultural ministry. In May 2007, she joined the THC in the capacity of Director of Programs and became Associate Dean in July 2008. In addition to her position in the THC, Dr. Hartley also serves the wider university as the Director of University General Education.
When she is not working, Dr. Hartley spends most of her free time with her husband and two children, Luke and Tess. She also enjoys working with her hands (doing activities such as scrap booking, beading and home repair). Dr. Hartley lives in Upper Darby where she is actively involved in New Life United Methodist Church.