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 freshman composition, nonfiction, creative writing, and the both of the First Year Experience courses.
As an essayist, Ranfeld writes and publishes about a variety of topics, but especially about women and religion. Recently, her work has been published by the Shriver Report, Jezebel.com, Faculty Focus, and Persephone Magazine. She is also invested in bringing technology into the classroom in new ways that benefit students. She blogs frequently about the best ways to use media, popular culture, and technology in the composition classroom. Ranfeld has presented sessions on using Google Drive 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, become the faculty advisor for the student social club Alacritas, and served on the sexual assault prevention coalition. 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 young children. They attend Commonway Church in Muncie.