Elizabeth Vandiver is a noted professor of classics. She is the Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin and Classics at Whitman College, having previously taught at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Philological Association in 1998. She garnered awards for her teaching from Northwestern University and the University of Georgia. In May 2013, she was awarded Whitman College's "G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship," the highest award that Whitman College gives to a faculty member.
She did undergraduate work at Shimer College in Illinois where she enrolled as an early entrant at the age of 16, after completing tenth grade. She earned a B.A. degree in 1976, and then worked several years as a librarian. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Her dissertation was on Herodotus and was published as Heroes in Herodotus: The Interaction of Myth and History. In February 2010, Oxford University Press published her groundbreaking study "Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War." She has taught at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana, and Utah State University.
She has recorded several lecture series for The Teaching Company in the field of classical history and literature which include the following:
- Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition (with other professors)
- Classical Mythology
- Odyssey of Homer
- Iliad of Homer
- Greek Tragedy
- Herodotus: The Father of History
- Aeneid of Virgil
- Heroes in Herodotus: The Interaction of Myth and History
- Luther's Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther (translator)
- Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War
- "Elizabeth Vandiver". The Teaching Company. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
Elizabeth Vandiver is associate professor of classics and Clement Biddle Penrose professor of Latin at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She was formerly director of the Honors Humanities program at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also taught in the Department of Classics. She completed her undergraduate work at Shimer College and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.[permanent dead link]
- Edwards Award