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Faculty: Elizabeth Vander Lei

Elizabeth Vander LeiElizabeth Vander Lei, Professor, English

Office: CFAC 274 (directions)


Educational Background

Professor Vander Lei graduated from Calvin College with a degree in English in 1985. She then attended Arizona State University, where she received an MA in English as a second language in 1987 and a PhD in rhetoric and composition in 1995.

Research Interests

  • The rhetoric of Martin Luther King
  • Negotiating faith in the classroom
  • Writing across the disciplines

Recent Activities

Professor Vander Lei is the director of the Written Rhetoric program, a part of Calvin's core curriculum. Professor Vander Lei recently edited a book entitled Renovating Rhetoric in Christian Tradition (with Tom Amorose, Beth Daniel, and Anne Gere from the University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) and co-authored a text book, Real Texts: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines with Dean Ward (New York: Pearson Longman, 2008, 2011). 


  • Baking cookies for her four kids
  • Taking her Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Kevin on walks
  • Traveling with her spouse

Favorite Books

  • Thomas Lynch's creative non-fiction—"Bodies in Motion and at Rest" and "The Undertaking"
  • All of Annie Dillard's non-fiction
  • Stanley Wiersma's poetry in Purpaleanie and Other Permutations and Style and Class

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