Karen Sorensen-Lang, PhD

Writing Program Lead Instructor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3376
Office Location: Rose Garden, Room 17
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Karen Sorensen-Lang is an assistant professor directing the General Education Writing Program. She is an active member of the APU community and invests time coaching students in the first-year writing classroom and writing labs. As an APU alumna, Sorensen-Lang is concerned about ongoing community relationships and makes use of service learning in her classes, providing opportunities for her students to work in local schools and nonprofit organizations. She is a Cornerstone Award recipient for excellence in Service-Learning at APU. Her publications focus on scholar-advocacy work regarding women in leadership and addressing violence against women. Her areas of interest include writing theory and TESOL pedagogy, academic integrity, and women writers. She has taught in Israel and Lithuania and conducts camp programming for girls and teens around the power of writing and storytelling.


  • Ph.D. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • M.A. - Regent University, 2003
  • B.A. - Azusa Pacific University, 2000

Academic Areas

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Media Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Service Learning

Courses Taught

  • WRIT 110 - Art and Craft of Writing
  • WRIT 120 - Writing Lab
  • COMM 111 – Public Communication, Honors
  • COMM 211 – Presentational Speaking
  • COMM 305 – Writing for Communication
  • COMM 440 – Persuasion and Attitude Change
  • COMM 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Human Communication
  • JOUR 210 – Foundations of Media Writing and Reporting
  • JOUR 300 – Editing
  • JOUR 440 – Religion and Values Reporting