Elizabeth Spiller

Executive Vice Chancellor › Academic Affairs

University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 208 Canfield Administration Building South • Lincoln NE, 68588-0420 • 402-472-3751 • espiller2@unl.edu

Elizabeth Spiller portrait

Elizabeth Spiller has served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs with a faculty appointment as a professor of English since March 2020.

Spiller came to Nebraska from the University of California, Davis, where she served as dean of the College of Letters and Science. At UC Davis, Spiller led the integration of three historic academic divisions into a single college. She also coordinated a push to eliminate the college’s existing deficit and directed expanded resources to advance academic programs and support faculty excellence.

Spiller also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Under her guidance, an expansion of academic offerings led to a 60% increase in undergraduate applications and a more than 40% increase in incoming first-year students. She led initiatives related to faculty excellence, curricular innovation, and diversity and inclusion.

She is the author of two books, “Reading and History of Race in the Renaissance” (2011), and “Science, Reading and Renaissance Literature: The Art of Making Knowledge, 1580-1670” (2004), both published by Cambridge University Press. She has also edited two collections and is widely published. Spiller has twice been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and earned a Fulbright Fellowship.

Spiller holds a doctorate and Master of Arts in English and American language and literature from Harvard University; and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Amherst College.

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