About Tales

DSCN0458 (2)Tales Told Out of School is the blog of Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Professor of History and Dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College at Cleveland State University.

I started Tales Told Out of School during the time that I was a department chair (2009-2014) to provide insight, lessons learned the hard way, and other support and advocacy for “middle management” faculty administrators like department chairs, school and program directors, and deans.

Since then I’ve branched out: I’ve spent the past six and a half years as a dean.  I write regularly for Inside Higher Ed about issues related to the higher ed workplace.  I recently finished a three-year term as the Vice President of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, where I helped lead several major projects involving history curriculum, enrollments, and pedagogy.

With over ten years of administrative experience, I offer workshops and professional development services designed to promote collaboration and #academickindness in higher ed work environments.  I have recently worked with colleagues at Hofstra University, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and Carthage College.  I have also been a facilitator at the American Historical Association’s Workshop for Department Chairs.

My cv is available here.

Contact me at talestoldoutofschool ~ at ~ gmail ~ dot ~ com if you’d like to talk about my consulting services or you’re interested in having me visit your campus.  There’s also more information about this available if you click on the “Traveling Tales” link above or here.

Follow me on Twitter @school_tales

Though my focus here is on the role of higher ed administrators, in the other part of my scholarly life I write about nuns and convents in early modern Spain and England.  My teaching portfolio includes courses on the history of Bubonic plague, golden-age Spain, and early modern women.

I hold an endowed chair in the humanities and engage in humanities advocacy as well.


Tales Told Out of School is also on Facebook!


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