Professor Liz Ranfeld graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and from the University of New Hampshire with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her MFA thesis was a research-based memoir about the ethical and moral implications of international youth missions work. At Anderson, she teaches first year composition, nonfiction, creative writing, the Spiritual Practice of Writing, and courses in the First Year Experience program.
As an essayist, Ranfeld writes and publishes about a variety of topics, but especially about gender and religion. Recently, her work has been published by Salon, Christ & Pop Culture Magazine, This Present Former Glory: An Anthology of Honest Spiritual Literature, Whale Road Review, Relief Journal, Everyday Feminism, and many other print and online publications. She is also invested in bringing technology into the classroom in new ways that benefit students. She writes frequently about the best ways to use media, popular culture, and technology in the composition classroom. Ranfeld has presented sessions on integrating technology in the classroom at AU and several times at Ball State University.
Since starting at AU in 2011, Ranfeld has traveled to India with Tri-S, served as the faculty advisor for the student social club Alacritas, contributed to the work of the sexual assault prevention coalition, and served on the Faculty Development Committee, including as Department Chair. She advises freshmen through the First Year Experience seminar. Every fall, she takes English majors to the tri-campus writing retreat in Hartford City, Indiana, where they write and build relationships with students from Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University.
Professor Ranfeld lives in Albany with her husband Ben and their two children. They are members of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Muncie.