Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

Director of Undergraduate Studies

In the spring of 2016, The Director of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film asked me to take on a new role of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the school. Because this position did not exist previously, I was tasked with defining the scope of the position and generating a ranger of administrative and curricular projects. This work lasted from 2016-2019 and included, but was not limited to, the following activities:

  • Developed data analysis
  • Worked with The Director of the School and the Assistant to the Director to develop a new scheduling method
  • Re-assessed and expanded Ecampus offerings
  • Helped to create a new professional development course for English majors
  • Coordinated with faculty and advisors in the College of Engineering to pilot 2 course/term engineering-only sections of WR 327
  • Wrote a program review for the Curriculum Council and the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA)
  • Assisted in the creation of a school-wide Open House for potential new majors
  • Held official meetings with another school about potential school realignment
  • Developed a Google AdWords campaign for the English major
  • Coordinated Psychology major-only sections of WR 222
  • Partnered with the School of History, Philosophy, an Religion on the first-ever Humanities Undergraduate Conference
  • Wrote Action Plan in response to Curriculum Council and the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA) Report
  • Worked with school Advisor and school Public Information Rep to develop webpage for transfer students and timeline for English majors
  • Developed school-wide syllabus language and graphic
  • Collaborated with school Public Information Rep to create undergraduate extra-curricular calendar and timeline
  • Gave undergraduate program presentations to COS, CEAOS, and COF advisors
  • Created Writing Minor outcomes


Oregon State University, University-level Committees

  • Micro-Credential Committee, 2021 
  • CoSine Advisory Group, 2014 – 2021
  • Academic Standing Committee, 2018 – 2021 
  • Computing Resources Committee, 2014 – 2017
  • Oregon State University Faculty Senate, 2014 – 2015

Oregon State University, College-level Committees

  • SWLF/SAC Visioning Committee, 2017 – 2018
  • Workload Taskforce Committee, Chair: 2017

Oregon State University, School-level Committees

  • Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Program Liaison, 2015; 2019 – present
  • Curriculum Committee, 2020 – present
  • MA Admissions Committee, 2019; 2021 
  • Video Steering Committee, 2021
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2018 – 2021 
  • WIC Essay Committee, 2021
  • Executive Committee, 2015 – 2017; 2018 – 2020  
  • Technology Committee, 2012 2019 
  • Curriculum Redesign Taskforce, 2017 – 2018 
  • Technical Writing Instructors Committee, 2012 – 2016
  • Composition Committee, member, 2013 – 2014

Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

In 2020-2022, I worked with PACE employees, an outside content specialist, an instructional designer, and SWLF instructors to create a complete certificate in Technical Writing. This certificate program includes six courses:

  1. Introduction to technical writing (self-paced)
  2. Manuals: instructions and overviews
  3. Technical editing and report writing
  4. Single-sourcing and methodology
  5. Usability and user-centered design
  6. Portfolio creation

The certificate launched in June of 2021.

In 2018, I worked with course instructors and PACE employees, in consultation with a Fortune 500 American multinational microprocessor corporation, to design two online courses and one on-site course. These courses included both existing materials and newly developed materials created to meet the needs of a specific workforce. 

In 2016-2017, my responsibilities included curriculum oversight for two new courses – Technical Writing and Writing for Business. I worked with the instructional designers of the two courses to develop the syllabuses, ensure consistency, and support the face-to-face and online courses. I also participated in the promotion of these course, created webinar materials, and developed marketing language.  


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