Elizabeth Bleicher

Dean for Student Success and Retention, Center for Student Success
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-1531
Office: 114 Muller Faculty Center
Specialty: First-year Student Experience; Transition to College; Liberal Education; Critical University Studies; 19C British Literatures and Cultures

Professor of English, 2021

Courses Taught:

Learning to Learn: the Science of College Success

Exploring the Options: Finding Purpose and a Path in College

Why are we Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College

The Little Dickens

Dickens and London

Romantic and Victorian Literature and Cultures

Fallen Women and Ruined Men: Studies in Nineteenth-century English Literature

Progress and Peril: Studies in the Nineteenth-century British Novel

Practice and Pedagogy for the Secondary School English Teacher

Professional Semester in Secondary Education

Recent Publications:

"Teaching Critical University Studies: a First-Year Seminar to Cultivate Intentional Learners." Honors in Practice. v16 p93-126 (2020).

 “(De)regulation Acts: The Democratization and Erasure of Travel in Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon” in Transport in British Fiction, 1840-1940. Adrienne Gavin and Andrew Humphries, editors. Palgrave MacMillan. (2015).

"Lessons from the Gutter: Sex and Contamination in Trollope's The Way We Live Now." Victorian Literature and Culture.39.2 (September, 2011). Cambridge U Press.

 “The impact of a short-term urban field placement on teacher candidates' perceptions of urban schools, students and teachers.” Teaching and Teacher Education.27 (November 2011) 1170-1178. Elsevier.

 "Legible Liars: Thackeray's Barry Lyndon as Professor of Imposture."  Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought. Volume 1 (May, 2011). York University, Canada.

 "The Last Class: Critical Thinking, Reflection, Course Effectiveness, and Student Engagement." Honors in Practice. Volume 6 (April, 2011). National Collegiate Honors Council. U Nebraska Press.

Select Presentations:

"First-Year Virtual Summer Seminars: Building Buy-In Before Day 1." National Conference on the First-Year Experience. February 18, 2021.

“Why Are We Here? A Seminar in Finding Academic Purpose.” National Conference on the First-Year Experience. February 2019, Las Vegas, NV.

“If They Build It, They Will Come: Partnering with Students as Curricular Designers and Teachers.” National Conference of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. April 2019, Washington, D.C.  

“Politics and Protest in Contemporary Music: Pedagogies for Cultivating Engaged, Intentional Learners.” Northeast Popular Culture Association. Wooster, MA. October 19, 2018

“Town and Gown: Building Connections Through Community Reading Programs.” National Convention of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Washington, DC, February 10, 2017.

"Reclaiming Redneck:  Socio-cultural Appropriation of the “R” Word in Working Class American Culture." National Convention of the American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). New Orleans, LA, April 1, 2015

“As Seen On TV: Using Music Video to Teach Media Literacy and Critical Thinking about Race, Class and Gender.” Annual Convention of the National Council of English Teachers (NCTE). Washington, DC, November 20, 2014.

"Hip Hop, Thrift Shop and the Activist Impulse: Teaching the Political and Cultural Work of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis." National Convention of the American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). Chicago, IL, April 15, 2014

“Digging, Discussing and Debating: Strategies for Active Student Engagement in English Classrooms.” Presenting with Linda Hanrahan, Ithaca College; Teresa Michel, Ithaca College; and Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, Ithaca College. Annual Convention of the Conference on College English (CEA). Baltimore, MD, March 28, 2014

“Competing Literacies in the ELA Classroom: Cultivating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking as Transferable Skills.” Annual Convention of the National Council of English Teachers (NCTE). Boston, MA, November 17, 2013.

“Student-faculty Team Teaching and Student-led Seminars.” National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Annual Convention.  Fellow presenters Natalie Lazo, Kaitlin Hulburt, and Victoria Wolak, Ithaca College. Boston, MA. November 17, 2012.

 "'Teaching Creatively in an Era of Standardization." Annual Convention of the National Council of English Teachers (NCTE). Las Vegas, NV, November 16, 2012.

Event Production:

Dickens In Ithaca: A Celebration of Charles Dickens’s 200th Birthday

Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Popular Culture