Dr. Elizabeth Erickson

Title: Lecturer of Humanities
Dept.: Liberal Arts

Elizabeth earned her doctorate in leadership from Drake University in 2006 and has spent most of her career teaching English, speech, theatre arts, and reading. She has also been a literacy coach and a school improvement consultant. Elizabeth believes in life-long learning which is why she loves to teach and has started her ELL endorsement!

Educational Background

  • B.A. English, Speech, Theatre Arts - Luther College (1976)
  • M.S. K-12 Reading Specialist, K-12 Reading Director - Minnesota State University (1983)
  • Ed.D. Leadership - Drake University (2006)
  • Endorsements in Gifted and Talented, and ELL (pending) 

GV Start Date

  • 2003 - adjunct
  • 2005-2010 - full time
  • 2012 - present - adjunct

Areas of Expertise

Elizabeth has created, supervised, and taught an intensive reading program which she has published in the peer-reviewed journal, Reading Improvement. She also worked with ISU on creating a literacy coaching certificate and spoke twice at the International Literacy Coaches Convention at Texas A & M in Corpus Christi. Elizabeth has created and taught six graduate level classes through Heartland AEA in the areas of literacy. 


  • Already Do That! Helping the Reluctant Teacher, ERIC (2010)
  • Experimental research published in Reading Improvement, 46(1) title A Reading Program to Narrow the Achievement Gap (2009)


  • I Already Do That! Helping the Reluctant Teacher, IRA International Literacy Coaches Conference, Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (2010)
  • What Are Universities Doing to Prepare Literacy Coaches? IRA International Literacy Coaches Conference, Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (2009)
  • Poster session Engaging with Text: Helping Freshman Succeed with College Textbooks at the Regional Learning Communities Conference, Kansas City (2008)
  • Why Me? Or It’s Everywhere! The Importance of Discussing Classroom Incivility with Learning Community Instructors. Regional Learning Communities Conference, Indianapolis (2007)
  • Presented seminar entitled Infusing Metacognitive Thinking into Content Areas at IRA’s Regional Conference in Omaha (2006) 

Personal Interests

  • I love to research and write.
  • My family loves the bike trails and camping.
  • We love historical vacations.
  • My favorite place is the beach--any beach!

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Grand View has small enough class sizes so instructors can get to know students individually. We are a close community of learners.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
I love being able to participate in faculty meetings and colloquiums as an adjunct. I find everyone very helpful and friendly.