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Elizabeth S. Gunn


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice - Selected Recent Activity Participant: Mental Health First Aid course and certification, 2023 Participant: Living Works Education workshop “Safe Talk” course and certification, 2023 Participant: Safe Zone Training offered through the Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Nevad State University, 2023 Attendee: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), 2021, 2022 Participant: Leadership Anti-Racist Training, Nevada State University, 2021 Participant: DreamZone Ally Certificate, Nevada State University, 2021 Participant: Legacy of Black and Brown Allyship Training, Nevada State University, 2021


Educator  |    Writer   |  Adventurer

A collaborative leader focused on empowering higher education stakeholders by effecting systemic change at the policy level through shared governance.


With a social justice ethic and two decades of bridging visions and priorities among diverse stakeholders, I bring an intentionally proactive, team-focused management perspective to all levels of organizational culture.


With 25 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. With a list of recent trainings and workshops, the box to the left (below on mobile devices) illustrates my commitment to remain a learner in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice so that i may best serve my community through my initiatives outlined in the Portfolio area of this website.


My administrative focus centers on a university's academic excellence across disciplines. I am enthusiastic about local, regional, and international partnerships that best serve the interests of the institution and its students, faculty, and staff.


My peers have often noted my transparent and encouraging leadership style. They highlight my talent for inspiring others. I have an open door policy, and I listen to colleagues and students with deliberate intention.

On a related note and in the spirit of work/life balance, I am an avid runner and have completed 11 marathons, 29 half marathons, 1 full and 3 half Ironmans, and hundreds of other smaller events around the country and around the world. I also find peace in long hikes, and I've summited Colorado's 14,115 foot Pikes Peak three times and Nevada's 11,918 foot Mt. Charleston twice.


Also, as a creative writer, a few of my poems and short stories have been published. I also take amateur photographs from time to time. The images scrolling on the travel page capture moments from my travels and adventures around the United States, Peru, Cuba, South Korea, Serbia, China, Panama, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Greece, Denmark, and Brazil.

My wife and I live in beautiful Henderson, Nevada, with our sprightly rescue pups.
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Western Interstate Commission

for Higher Education


Pennsylvania State University

Center for Study of Higher Education


Harvard University

Graduate School of Education



Johns Hopkins University

Carey Business School


Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

University of Baltimore

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Middlebury College

Vermont and Spain

 Wesleyan University

 Connecticut and Spain

July 2024-June 2025
Western Academy Leadership Academy
for Future Chief Academic Officers
Fall 2023
Academy for Holistic Reimagining of Recruitment,
Mentoring, and Retention of Racially Minoritized Faculty
Summer 2023
Institute for Leadership and Management in Higher Education
Fall 2023
y for Women and Leadership

Fall 2022
Public Speaking for Professionals

Fall 2021
Foundations of Leadership Management
MBA 2018
MFA 2015
Creative Writing
PhD 2004
Romance Languages and Literatures
MA 1997
BA 1996

03 travel

White Walls

04 Experience



New Brunswick, New Jersey

  Associate Dean: 2019-2021 

Assistant Dean of Academic Programs: 2017-2019

Douglass Residential College


Affiliate Faculty,

Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies



Colorado Springs, Colorado
Visiting Assistant Professor



Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Romance Languages and Literatures

Graduate Assistant, Women's Studies



Henderson, Nevada

Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Business

Professor of Humanities



Baltimore, Maryland

2017-2015: Associate Graduate Faculty

2017-2013: Associate Professor

2017-2013: Founding Director, ESL Program

2013-2008: Assistant Professor



Chapel Hill, North Carolina



Miami, Florida




Selected Peer Reviewed Publications and Invited Book Chapter

Anthologizing Gwen Flager’s Plays in Southern Lesbian Theater,"

Journal of Lesbian Studies, Vol 27:2. Spring 2023

"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. Vol 13.1 2012. Electronic.

"Motivation Behind Fear in Lucia Etxebarria's En brazos de la mujer fetiche."Hispanet Journal.  6 2012. Electronic (no longer web hosted).

Selected Conference Presentations
and Invited Talks

Invited Panelist:

Women and Leadership Academy,

Johns Hopkins University, April 2024.


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.


Invited Guest Speaker, “Intersectional Feminism Conversation Series,” Douglass Governing Council,

Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University, December 2018

“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 and Reports

2021-2022 School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Annual Report, Nevada State College

2020-2021 School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Annual Report, Nevada State College

Fast-Track BS in Biology to PharmD

partnership with Roseman University

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nevada State College

Summer 2021

Dean's Social Justice Series

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nevada State College

Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Spring 2021


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 and featured in the New Jersey Home News Tribune,

April 25, 2018

2018-2023 Academic Programs Plan: Douglass Residential College

Fall 2017 Chancellor Welcome Report: Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University - New Brunswick

English as a Second

Language Program

Founding Program Director

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Overview: English as a Second Language Program Report at Morgan State University

Fall 2014 English as a Second Language Program Report at Morgan State University

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

Black Marble

Selected Service
in the Profession

Selected Alumna Representative: Council on Equity and Belonging, Johns Hopkins University

Carey Business School,

Summer 2023-Present


Elected Chair: Nevada System of Higher Education Task Force on Power Based Violence, 2022-Present


Invited Member: Southern Nevada STEM Network, Governor's Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology, 2022-Present


Appointed Member:

 Leadership Team, Nevada State University, 2021-Present


Appointed Member: Deans Council, Nevada State University,


Invited Dissertation Committee Member: Morgan State University Department of English,

Spring 2023-Present


Participant: Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Professional Develop Series for Academic Deans, 2021-Present

Appointed Co-Chair: Search Committee for the Dean of the School of Education, Nevada State University, 2023-2024

Appointed Member: President’s Transition Advisory Committee, Nevada State University, 2021-2022

Appointment Member: Undergraduate Education Council, Rutgers University, 2019-2021


Appointment Member: Dean’s Senior Advisory Cabinet, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University, 2018-2021

Invited Peer Reviewer: English Language Teaching, an international, double blind peer reviewed journal, February 2018-2021

Invited Peer Reviewer: Hispanófila, a double blind, peer-reviewed journal published three times annually by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 2018

Certified Master Reviewer: Quality Matters (QM) for online curriculum delivery, 2016-2018

Invited Content Expert Reviewer: United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, National Professional Development Grant Competition, April 2016, May 2017, June 2017

Peer Reviewer: Federal Compliance Training, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2015

Water Texture


In progress: Still Life 
in the Deep South.


"City of Pleasant Living."
The City Key: Exploring the City through the Arts. June 2024. Poetry.

"Unstill." The Passionfruit Review..

Issue 9. June 2024. Poetry.

"Paralian." Lavender Review.

Issue 25, June 2022. Poetry.


"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.


 Participant, Academy for Women and Leadership, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Fall 2023


Participant, Institute for Leadership and Management in Higher Education, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, June 2023

Principle Investigator: Honorable Mention for the "NS STEM Scholars" proposal in the Four Year Institution category as part of the National Science Foundation Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge, Nevada State College, May 2022.


Invited Doctoral Committee Member: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Spring 2022.

Certificate in Public Speaking for Professionals, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Fall 2022


Certificate in Foundations of Leadership Management, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Fall 2021


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.


Recipient of the Dr. Carleen Leggett Service Award at Morgan State University, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015.


Invited Doctoral 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.


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

Elegant Abstract Background

Photos: Community, Faculty, and Student Engagement


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