Dr. Lauderbaugh joined the JSU faculty in August 2000 and has taught the American History survey, Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, and The United States and Latin America. Previously, Dr. Lauderbaugh has taught at Grove City College in Pennsylvania; Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base; Troy State University / Montgomery, and Auburn University / Montgomery.
Dr. Lauderbaugh is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College (B.A., 1967), Ball State University (M.A. 1973), and the University of Alabama (M.A. 1991; Ph.D. 1997).
Dr. Lauderbaugh has focused much of his research on Ecuador and is the author of The History of Ecuador, Greenwood Press, 2012 and The United States and Ecuador published in Spanish in Ecuador in 2011. He is currently working on The Historical Dictionary of Ecuador. In May 2014 Dr. Lauderbaugh was inducted into Ecuador's National Academy of History, an honor that is seldom accorded to foreign historians.
Dr. Lauderbaugh was the 2012 recipient of the Theo and Carla Thomas Outstanding Community Education/Service Award for his work on the Guatemala Children's Christmas Shoe Box program.
Other interests include Panama, Latin American Military History, the fate of democracy in the hemisphere, and the Pan American Railroad. He is intrigued with the way in which Latin Americans view the United States and how Americans view Latin Americans.
He serves as the advisor to Phi Alpha Theta, and assistant advisor to the History Club. Dr. Lauderbaugh is an active participant at the meetings of The South Eastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Alabama Guatemala Partners, and Alabama Association of Historians.
Dr. Lauderbaugh served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1992 retiring in the grade of Lt. Colonel.