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J. Elizabeth Clark is a Professor of English at LaGuardia, where she teaches composition, creative writing, children’s literature, and Liberal Arts. Her scholarly interests include children’s literature, science writing for children, fiction, creative writing, teaching with technology, ePortfolio, digital rhetoric, reflective writing, composition studies, professional development, curriculum design, 20th-century American poetry, and the poetry of HIV/AIDS. Her creative work currently focuses on writing about the ocean for middle grade readers. She is a graduate of Lycoming College (B.A.) and Binghamton University (M.A. and Ph.D.).
She has been part of LaGuardia’s dynamic ePortfolio team since 2002, serving on the original research team and playing many roles since then. She has worked with the college’s assessment committee, the college’s technology committee, the learning communities program, the Senate online learning committee, the Senate budget committee, and the writing program, serving as one of the Writing Program Administrators from 2004-2010 and 2022-present. She works closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia, leading year-long professional development seminars, most recently on the implementation of ePortfolio in mid-point courses.
Her critical and creative work has appeared in journals such as: Computers and Composition, Peer Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Minnesota Review, The Comstock Review, The Journal of Basic Writing, and A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine. Her writing for children has appeared in Appleseeds magazine and Spigot magazine under the name Liz Summit.
She is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of ePortfolio and also serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of ePortfolio and Teaching English in a Two Year College. She is the past co-chair of the Council on Basic Writing and has served on the editorial boards of College Composition and Communication, Basic Writing eJournal, and Radical Teacher.
In her free time, Liz is a passionate ocean advocate who teaches scuba diving. She is a volunteer diver at the New York Aquarium and can be found in local lakes, rivers, quarries, and the Atlantic on most weekends in the spring, summer, and fall.