Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Burow-Flak

Associate Professor, Chair,

College of Arts and Sciences 220
219-464-6918
Betsy.BurowFlak@valpo.edu


Biography

Professor Burow-Flak joined the Valparaiso University English faculty in 1997. Her teaching specialties include Shakespeare, literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, early modern women writers, history of the book, and new media.  She is completing a book manuscript on seventeenth-century women writers and print culture. She has also published on the uses of the web and other technologies in English studies.

Professor Burow-Flak believes that all students come to the classroom with valid knowledge and experience, and that her role as professor is to assist them in making connections between what they already know and the new material they are studying.  She states that in discussing and writing about texts, class members not only discover, but also create meaning.

In addition to chairing the department, Professor Burow-Flak is the university's Fulbright Program Advisor.  She has served on a number of university committees, including Faculty Senate, the Campus, Community, and Policy Committee, and the Academic Teaching and Technology Roundtable. She has also served as the faculty representative for the Lilly Fellows Program and has been as a mentor in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. 

 Professor Burow-Flak earned her B.A. in English and Communications at Augsburg College and her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Education

Ph.D.-- - University of Texas at Austin, B.A.--Augsburg College