Liz Chase

Senior Associate Director, Academic Assessment
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
Email Email liz_chase@emerson.edu

Liz Chase's interest in literature, pedagogy, and information fluency, combined with her inclination towards planning and organization, led her to a variety of roles in archives, undergraduate libraries, teaching, and administration. She began her work at Emory University as the Head of Research Services in the Stuart Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library, before joining Stonehill College as the Head of Collections, Assessment, and User Engagement for the MacPhaidin Library. In addition, she was Program Director for Irish Studies prior to serving as the Assistant Dean of General Education and an Assistant Professor of English at Stonehill, before joining Emerson in 2021 as the Senior Associate Director, Academic Assessment.

Liz brings a focus on identity-conscious facilitation and equity-minded leadership to her work in assessment. She uses resources including Liberating Structures to enhance opportunities for all faculty to share their expertise in community conversations. Through academic assessment, she helps faculty develop approaches to pedagogical puzzles that have a direct impact on student engagement and success.

For Liz, the purpose of assessment is accountability: assessment highlights how we live out Emerson’s mission. By collecting diverse data that can be meaningfully disaggregated in order to create equitable, scalable, and sustainable assessment reports that are shared with the Emerson community, we empower faculty, departments, and community leaders to make informed decisions to close the opportunity gaps between our practices and our ideals.

In addition to her background in libraries and administration, Liz has taught a range of writing and literature courses; most recently, her teaching has been focused on introductory literature courses that explore concepts of national identity and immigration in Ireland. Her course “Whose Ireland?” places works such as Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World in conversation with Melatu Uche Okorie’s This Hostel Life and the site-specific work of Kabosh Theatre Company.

Her research and teaching interests include the socio-political role of twentieth- and twenty-first century Irish literature by “New Irish” immigrants into Ireland, post-Celtic Tiger literary concepts of nation and national belonging, and Irish women’s literary contributions to Irish memory and the commemoration of Ireland’s contested history.

Liz is a first-generation college student who received her BA in English & Political Science from Williams College, her MSLIS from Syracuse University, and an MA & PhD in Literature from Emory University, with a certificate in Women’s Studies.

Photo Credit: Ashley Weeks Cart

About

Publications

“‘The horror of little details’: Remembering the Troubles in Hidden Symptoms and One by One in the Darkness

2021
“‘The horror of little details’: Remembering the Troubles in Hidden Symptoms and One by One in the Darkness,” in Deirdre Madden: New Critical Perspectives. Anne Fogarty and Marisol Morales-Ladron, eds. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Forthcoming.

Twenty-First Century Security in a Twentieth-Century Space: Reviewing, Revising and Implementing New Security Practices in the Reading Room

2014
“Twenty-First Century Security in a Twentieth-Century Space: Reviewing, Revising and Implementing New Security Practices in the Reading Room.” Coauthored with Gabrielle Dudley and Sara Logue. Reference and Access: Innovative Practices for Archives and Spe

Review of Getting Started with Evaluation, by Peter Hernon, Robery E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews. Journal

2014
Review of Getting Started with Evaluation, by Peter Hernon, Robery E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews. Journal of Library Innovation. 5.2 (2014): 91-93.

Teaching first-year writing through ‘all the detritus, debris and ephemera’ of literary manuscripts

2012
“Teaching first-year writing through ‘all the detritus, debris and ephemera’ of literary manuscripts.” Past is Portal: Teaching Undergraduates Using Special Collections and Archives. Eleanor Mitchell, Suzy Taraba, Peggy Seidan, eds. Chicago, IL: ACRL. 201

Counting the dead as "one" and "one again" in the fiction of twentieth-century Irish women novelists

2012
"Counting the dead as 'one' and 'one again' in the fiction of twentieth-century Irish women novelists. Emory Theses and Dissertations. 2012.

MARBL in the Classroom

2012
“MARBL in the Classroom.” MARBL Magazine (Spring 2012): 3-4.

Rewriting Genre in The Country Girls’ Trilogy

2010
“Rewriting Genre in The Country Girls’ Trilogy.” New Hibernia Review, 14.3 (Fall 2010): 91-105.

Creative Works

Writers

2012
Exhibition: Writers. Co-curator (with Julie Delliquanti). Schatten Gallery, Emory University. 26 March – 2 November 2012.

The Art of Losing

2010
Exhibition: The Art of Losing. Co-curator (with Kevin Young). Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library, Emory University. 15 March – 28 December 2010.

Behind Many Veils: The Public and Private Personae of W.B. Yeats

2006
Exhibition: Behind Many Veils: The Public and Private Personae of W.B. Yeats. Curator. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University. 1 April – 22 August 2006.

Awards & Honors

Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award for "Memory & Violence in Modern Ireland"

2018