Elizabeth Spence


230 Bessey Hall
434 Farm Ln
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyWriting, Rhetoric, and CulturesFirst Year Writing

Assistant Professor


In her teaching, Dr. Spence emphasizes deep inquiry, creative processes and critical thought. She believes in personalizing the educational experience to meet diverse student needs. She focuses on maximizing potential, fostering resilience, and developing flexibility. She supports her students’ progress toward building a better future.

Research Areas

Interdisciplinary Creativity


Ph.D. Creative Writing, University of Denver


Writing as Inquiry

Writing as Inquiry Honors

American Ethnic and Racial Experience

Evolution of American Thought

Grammar and Style

American Media Culture

The Creative Process

Philosophy in Literature