Elizabeth Dell, Ph.D., Lecturer/Academic Advisor

Elizabeth Dell graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1979; in 1982 she earned a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. In 1991, she received her M.A., and in 2003 she completed her Ph.D., both in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Jay Losey, Associate Professor in English at Baylor University, and they have two children, Dylan and Clare.

Dr. Dell has been teaching in the BIC since the fall of 1999. She has taught a range of courses: BIC 1212, Examined Life I; BIC 2344, World Cultures IV; and the World of Rhetoric sequence (BIC 1413 and 1323). She began advising BIC students in the fall of 2002, and she currently splits her duties between teaching and academic advising.

Dr. Dell has found great joy in working with BIC students. The BIC curriculum immediately appealed to her, because it was reminiscent of her undergraduate experience. The BIC community-the close-knit group of approximately 200 first-year students who grow together through four years-has enabled her to see students mature and grow into independent, responsible citizens, dedicated to civic duties as well as to personal and professional goals. Dr. Dell finds Frederick Buechner's words particularly inspiring and encourages entering students to consider them well: "May your deep gladness meet the world's great hunger." She believes the BIC is about making these connections, between one's college experience and one's professional goals, between one's spiritual life and one's community.