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Elizabeth S. Gunn

Image by Sung Jin Cho


Leader    |    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.


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 once. 


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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Harvard University

Graduate School of Education


Summer 2023
Institute for Leadership and Management
in Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University

Center for Study of Higher Education


Fall 2023
Academy for Holistic Reimagining of Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention of Faculty


Johns Hopkins University

Carey Business School

Fall 2023
y for Women and Leadership

Fall 2022
Public Speaking for Professionals Course

Fall 2021
Foundations of Leadership Management Course


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

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




Image by Tobias van Schneider

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

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

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 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

 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


In progress: Still Life in the Deep South.


"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.


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


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


Invited Doctoral Committee: Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, Fall 2023-Present


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.


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

Light on the Stairs

Photos: Community, Faculty, and Student Engagement


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