Elizabeth Gunn, PhD



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I am a dynamic scholar and collaborative administrator focused on empowering women and minorities by effecting systemic change at administrative and policy levels in higher education.


I bring two decades of articulating and bridging vision among diverse stakeholders. This is inclusive of resource allocation, fiscal decisions, and responsible and detailed management.


With 20 years of experience improving students' lives, I am concerned with the infrastructure of an institution that serves a diverse campus community in its broadest context.


My administrative focus centers on a university's academic excellence in the business, financial management, arts, humanities, intercultural communication, creative enterprises, and sense of community. With a global perspective, I am enthusiastic about international partnerships, professional development for faculty, administration, and support staff, as well as student-centered engagement.


My peers have often noted my transparent and encouraging leadership style. They highlight my talent for inspiring others. By listening with intentionality, I am committed to empowering stakeholders across the institution. 


In the spirit of work/life balance, I am an avid runner and have completed 9 marathons, 28 half marathons, 1 full and 3 half Ironmans, and hundreds of other smaller events around the country and around the world.


Also, as an aspiring novelist, I've tried my hand at a few creative works, and I take amateur photographs from time to time. The images scrolling on the travel page capture moments from my trips around the United States, Peru, Cuba, South Korea, Hungary, China, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.


Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

M.B.A. May 2018

University of Baltimore

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Middlebury College

Vermont and Spain

 Wesleyan University

Connecticut and Spain

M.F.A. 2015
Creative Writing
Ph.D. 2004
Romance Languages and Literatures
M.A. 1997
B.A. 1996

03 travel


04 Experience



New Brunswick, New Jersey

Associate Dean: Present-2019 

Assistant Dean of Academic Programs: 2017-2019

Douglass Residential College


Affiliate Faculty

Department of Women's and Gender Studies



Baltimore, Maryland

2017-2015: Associate Graduate Faculty

2017-2013: Associate Professor

2017-2013: Founding Director, ESL Program

2013-2008: Assistant Professor



 Colorado Springs, Colorado 
Visiting Assistant Professor



 Chapel Hill, North Carolina 



Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Romance Languages and Literatures

Graduate Assistant

Women's Studies



Miami, Florida




Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

and Invited Book Chapter


"Gloria Rolando and the Filming of Afro-Cuban History.”The Projector. Winter 2020.


"Creative Non-Fiction is Everything: Postmodernism, Groundlessness and the Dual Portrait,"in Practical Spirituality and Human Development: Transformations in Religions and SocietiesEd. Anata Giri, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 


Interview with Gloria Rolando, Afro-Cuban Filmmaker.Label Me Latina. Vol 5. Spring 2015. Electronic.

Queer Temporality in Esther Tusquets.”Cincinnati Romance Review. Vol 38. Fall 2014. Electronic.​

Re-Generation of ‘98.”Delaware Review of Latin American Studies. 13.1 2012. Electronic.

"Motivation Behind Fear in Lucia Etxebarria's En brazos de la mujer fetiche."Hispanet Journal.  6 2012. Electronic.

Selected Conference Presentations


The Big Ten Summit on Advancing Women in STEM: From Diversity to Inclusion." AAC&U Transforming STEM in Higher Education Conference. Chicago, IL, November 2019.


“Ethics of Storytelling.” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2017.


“No One Ever Died of the Humanities: Healing and Transcendence in the Contemporary World.” The World Humanities Forum sponsored by UNESCO. Busan, South Korea. November 2012.


“Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment: Minority Students and Study Abroad.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC. March 2012.

“Nostalgic Subjects of the Queer Metropolises.” Part of the 20th Century Peninsular Literature Panel on Urbanism and Urbanity at the Modern Language Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA. December 2006.

Selected Administrative
Program Development


Big Ten Academic Alliance Summit Series

on Advancing Women in STEM

Senior Administrative Team Member

Douglass Residential College

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

June 6-8, 2019

2018 Global Summit

Forced Migration, Gender, and Global Allies

Douglass Residential College

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Featured in The Daily Targum, April 23, 2018

 Featured in the New Jersey Home News Tribune, April 25, 2018

English as a Second Language Program

Founding Program Director

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Morgan in Oaxaca, Mexico

Inaugural Faculty Led Study Abroad

Program Leader

Morgan State University News

Baltimore, Maryland

International Pal (iPal) Program

Founding Program Director

Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education April 2, 2015

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Biennial Intersections Symposium:

Sexuality, Gender, Race, Ethnicity

Founding Planning Member

2015 Program

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Literary Publications
In progress: Still Life in the Deep South.

"Little Deaths and Awe." Skelter Literary Journal, Spring 2019. Poetry.

“Cat.” Plork Press Chapbook. Summer 2015. Poetry.

“A Companion for Mrs. O’Leary.” Skelter Literary

Journal. Spring 2015. Fiction.


“Buiki Gasa and Ignoble Coconut Pearls.” Plorkology: Stories, Poems and Essays. Fall 2013. Fiction.


One Image: One Hundred Voices. A Global Flash Literature Project.

Ed. Elizabeth Gunn. Spring 2013.


“America the Beautiful.” The Art of Ecology. Fall 2013. Fiction.

“How to Work at an HBCU as a White Person.” New Millennium Writings. Honorable Mention, 34th Consecutive Awards, July 2013. Fiction.

Selected Accomplishments


Principle Investigator:"Douglass Residential College

Medicine House Service Learning in Havana, Cuba."Rutgers Global $10,000 Seed Grant, January 2019.


Recipient of Morgan State University’s highest faculty honor, the Sandye Jean McIntyre II International Award, for creating and sustaining international initiatives that enhance the University at home and abroad, September 2016 (photos)

Senior Fulbright Program finalist, two-week Seminar in Germany, April 2016 and April 2018


Department of World Languages Service Award at Morgan State University, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015


Invited Dissertation Committee Member: University of Extremadura, Merida, Spain, 2015 (photos)


Established partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding between Morgan State University and the Benito Juarez University of Oaxaca, Mexico, 2014 (photos)


Initiated the Peace Corps Program as Principal Investigator through a $30,000 federal contract, Morgan State University, 2012-2014


Selected as 1 of 5 scholars globally to present research at the UNESCO sponsored World Humanities Forum, Busan, South Korea, 2012


Honors Program Faculty Incentive Grant Recipient, Morgan State University, 2011

Selected Student Engagement
Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University, inaugural study and service learning trip to Cuba, January 2019 (see images below)
Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University, Global Summit on Gender and the Global Refugee Crisis, April 21, 2018 (see images below)
Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University, Global Village Public Health Service Learning in the Dominican Republic, January 2018 (see images below)
Morgan State University 5K Fun Run/Walk for Study Abroad Scholarships, 2011-2016 (see images below)
Morgan State University Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico Winter 2015 (see images below)
Morgan State University Study Abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico Winter 2011 (see images below)
ESL and International Pal Cultural Excursions, 2013-2017 (see images below)
Sample Student Work 1: Master's Thesis "Gullah and Miskito Coast Creole"
Sample Student Work 2: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Essay

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