Learning Support Faculty & Staff
Gloria Ridgeway, Assistant Dean
Elizabeth began working at Darton College in August 2006. Prior to teaching at Darton College, she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. She worked as an adjunct instructor and writing center tutor there, and she has also worked in the banking and real estate industries.
Elizabeth LOVES teaching and loves her students! She is always linked to her students (thanks to her handy iPhone) if they need anything, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (username – EGassel) to see what is going on in her classes.
As for advising, Elizabeth is the ACCEL/joint-enrollment program advisor and coordinator, which means that she is responsible for recruiting and advising high school students who are dually enrolled on Darton's campus. If you have any questions about the ACCEL program, don't hesitate to ask!
Elizabeth also serves as a co-advisor for the Darton College Student Government Association and has recently chartered a chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, English Honor Society on our campus. She also enjoys working with the Darton College Dancing Cavaliers and the Darton Players. She has been a tap-dancer (yes, you read that correctly), stage manager, make-up artist, and box office assistant for several Darton productions.
Her research interests include post-colonial studies, British Romantic and Victorian periods, technology's influence on language and meaning, political rhetoric, popular culture, and media studies. Elizabeth has given presentations at various conferences including the Student Success in First Year Composition Conference in Statesboro, Georgia; the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia; and the Southern Writing Center Association Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. She does consulting work for Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Cengage, and Norton publishing companies and was even chosen to represent Darton at the McGraw-Hill Freshman Composition Handbooks Symposium in Tucson, Arizona. She is the proud recipient of the 2009 Darton College Advisor of the Year award, is a 2010 NISOD Excellence Award recipient, and has been recognized in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Teachers.
In her down time, Elizabeth enjoys cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide during football season (though I don't mind if the Bulldogs win—just not against Alabama); the Syracuse Orange with her roommate, Jana, during basketball season; and the St. Louis Blues during hockey season. She also enjoys attending theatre, music, and dance performances; reading poetry; and traveling. She especially enjoys traveling to see her fiancé (until March 27) Brian in Virginia. And, of course, Elizabeth spends a great deal of time spoiling her kitties, Geneviève and Strappey McGhee, and her dog, Déjà.