Donate in the Memory of Professor Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard was a beloved, admired, and respected Professor of English at Kent State University for over twenty years. She earned her B.A. in English and her M.A. in English (Creative Non-fiction and Literary Theory) from Kent State University, her M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. in English (Creative Non-fiction) from The University of Kansas. She began teaching at Kent State in 2000 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. She was the 2009 recipient of the University Teaching Council’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2016 recipient of the Honors College’s Distinguished Honors Faculty Award. She served the University, the English Department, and the Honors College in many ways, volunteering her time and talent to countless committees, honors theses, presentations, and publications. She was a devoted mentor, colleague, and friend, as well as a gifted scholar, poet, and writer. Elizabeth brought joy and light to every space she occupied—her laughter was contagious. She loved Kent State University, her students, and her colleagues—her generosity was endless. She was a spirited and relentless champion of the underdog, of women, and for equality. She was passionate about the English language and possessed a seemingly limitless depth of knowledge of grammar, writing, literature, history, and numerous other subjects. She served as a valuable resource to colleagues and students alike. She shared her passion for yoga and meditation—teaching classes in both to many grateful students. All who knew Elizabeth will miss her fierce intelligence, her unwavering spirit, her uncompromising intellect, and her unbending courage. Her legacies of kindness, collaboration, excellence in teaching, and love of learning live on in her colleagues, students, and friends.


Image of Professor Elizabeth Howard

To contribute to a scholarship established in her name, you can make a contribution online.

To contribute via check, please make it out to Kent State University Foundation and add “In Memory of Professor Elizabeth Howard” in the memo line. Please include your address and telephone number. Gifts can be mailed to:

Kent State University Foundation
350 S. Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Elizabeth Howard's Biography (Written by Prof. Mindy Uhrig, Kent State University, Kent Campus)