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Elizabeth Joan Schaefer


Assistant Chair, Assistant Professor, M.S. in Written Communication and B.A. in Applied Communications

Programs/Classes Taught:

LAE 459, Online Publishing
LAE 461, Advertising and Promotional Writing
LAE 518, Narrative Forms
LAE 560, Editing for Publication
LAE 522, Writing for Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs
ABS 407, Applied Communication in Society
COM 105, Writing in a Digital Age
COM 206, Professional Communication
COM 499, Capstone in Applied Communications

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business writing
  • Creative writing
  • Editing
  • Creative project management
  • Creating and delivering presentations
  • Strategic marketing
  • Higher education instruction
  • Curriculum design


Elizabeth supports the Master of Science in Written Communication and the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications in a program management capacity. She also teaches in both programs and designs business, marketing, and communications curricula.

Elizabeth worked 15+ years across for-profit and non-profit organizations in client-facing and internal marketing and communication roles. Prior to that, she taught Business English to non-native speakers across a variety of companies in Paris, France. She has worked in the field of higher education since 2014. Elizabeth also owns and operates a small publishing company, Books on a Whim.


Master of Science in Written Communication (NLU)
Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology (NLU)
Bachelor of Arts in German Literature (UW-Madison)
and currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership (NLU)

Research and Interests:

Reading, teaching, creative writing, online publishing, editing, designing creative marketing pieces and efforts, French culture, German literature, and social issues

Contact Information:

Elizabeth Schaefer

NLU email:,
office: 312.261.3669



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