Texas Tech University
Lowell Lay

Lowell Lay

Senior Lecturer


Room Number: E326



  • MBA, Management, University of Texas Permian Basin
  • BBA, Accounting, University of Texas Permian Basin
  • AA Odessa Jr. College


Lay's goal in teaching is to foster the acquisition of a base of concepts and learning skills to facilitate adaption to the business world. In his courses, Lay guides students in the evaluation of evidence, critical thinking, argument development, verbal and written expression and the application of general principles to real world settings. These competencies will equip students for a broad range of demands in future academic and occupational settings.

Of course, he also expects his students to attain a high level of scholarship in specific content areas. Moreover, an emphasis on the discovery of knowledge fosters an appreciation of the importance of critical evaluation. These skills make students more prepared for their first experience in the work place.

However, not all students arrive in the classroom equipped with excellent writing or presentation skills, so rather than using writing solely as a form of evaluation, Lay teaches students the process of writing. With all writing assignments, he encourages students to take advantage of the writing centers on campus and to submit rough drafts so that he can provide constructive feedback. In addition to these more formal projects, Lay uses briefer in-class writing assignments to help students synthesize and critically evaluate information. The challenge is to stimulate curiosity, as well as learning, by linking material to students' existing knowledge and experience.