Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, Ph.D.

Dean of University College
(402) 465-2337
ewalls [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Burt Hall 113

Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls rejoined the staff of Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2012. From 2001-2004, MacLeod Walls worked as a faculty member and first year student adviser in the Liberal Arts Seminar curriculum and as a staff member in University Communications and Academic Affairs at NWU. In 2004, MacLeod Walls became Executive Director of a $1.3 million Lilly Endowment project supporting continuing education and professional development for clergy across Nebraska. In 2007, MacLeod Walls joined the academic administration of Bryan College of Health Sciences, first as Director of Institutional Effectiveness, then as Dean, Interim President, and ultimately as the second President of the College. During her tenure as President, MacLeod Walls oversaw a 30% increase in Bryan's student population, the establishment of two new Baccalaureate degrees, a Master degree, and two Certificate programs. Now as Dean of University College, MacLeod Walls' role at Nebraska Wesleyan includes supporting existing adult accelerated programs in Nursing, Business, Organizational Communication, and Social Work, the Wesleyan Honors Academy, and graduate programs in Historical Studies, Forensic Science, and Nursing. MacLeod Walls also devotes time to developing new programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and overseeing operations at the Lincoln, Omaha, and Iowa campuses.

MacLeod Walls is the author of numerous refereed articles on English literary modernism and classical rhetoric, and is the co-editor of two books published by the University of Missouri Press and the University of Iowa Press, respectively. She is currently completing the manuscript for a collection of creative nonfiction essays entitled "Women and their Machines," co-edited by Dr. Joyce Dyer of Hiram College and Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black of Saint Mary's College of Maryland. Dr. MacLeod Walls serves as an executive consultant to the healthcare industry, most recently providing in-depth educational sessions to physicians and practice managers throughout the facilities of Catholic Health Initiatives of Nebraska. She is an active volunteer in the Lincoln community, serving on the Board of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, the Steering Committee for the Family Literacy Program offered through LIncoln Public Schools, and the Fundraising Committee for the Lincoln YWCA.

Dr. MacLeod Walls is married to Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls, founding Head Minister of SouthPointe Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have two sons, Alec and John, and love to spend their time reading, walking, thinking, and laughing with each other and with family.


Ph.D., English Literature and Classical Rhetoric, Texas Christian University, May 2001

BA, English and History, Hiram College, May 1996

Courses taught: 

Literature of Healthcare
Literature and Film
Literature and Comedy
English Composition 1 & 2
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Women's Literature, 1600-present

Research and academic interests: 

British Literary Modernism (Forster, Woolf, Waugh, and the New Woman novelists of the 1880s and 1890s)
Literature as Rhetoric of the British Women's Suffrage Movement
Classical Rhetoric
Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Film
19th and 20th Century British History
Creative Nonfiction

Service interests: 

SouthPointe Christian Church
Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
Family Literacy Program (LPS)
Matt Talbot Kitchen
The Food Bank