Jennifer Swartz-Levine

Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Associate Professor of English

What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?

  • Our Learning Communities set us apart and make the LEC experience unique. I’m in charge of our Arts, Culture, and Humanities Learning Community in which we use Superman to explore the changing landscape of American culture since the late 1930s. We investigate the intersection of writing, art, economics, business, design, and the changing foci of popular culture through the lens of Superman and superheroes. This past fall semester, our Learning Community students had the opportunity to have a special meet and greet panel discussion with Michael Uslan, the executive producer of the Batmanfilm franchise. Uslan was LEC’s Founders’ Day speaker, but our Learning Community was able to meet with him in a smaller group and talk with him about comics, the films, and the decisions that helped him become successful in his chosen career. This was an intriguing and invaluable opportunity for our students. Other activities include a trip to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, a visit to the Superman House, movie nights, and involvement in the spring trip for all four Learning Communities.


  • Ph.D., English, Case Western Reserve University, August 2002
  • M.A., English, Kent State University, May 1997
  • B.A., English, Kent State University, May 1995

Courses Taught:

  • EN 100 - The Writing Process
  • EN 101 - Principles of Composition and Research
  • EN 102H - Honors Freshman Seminar
  • EN 140 - Principles of Critical Analysis
  • EN 201 - Advanced College Writing
  • EN 305 - Composition Theory
  • EN 327 - Neo-Classical Literature
  • EN 329 - Victorian Age
  • EN 337 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • EN 340 - British Literature
  • EN 341 - American Literature
  • EN 347 - British Modernism and Contemporary British Literature
  • EN 360 - Independent Investigation: Sherlock Holmes in Scotland
  • EN 400 - Senior Seminar
  • EN 401 - Literary Theory and Criticism
  • HU 110 - First Year Experience
  • HU 125 - Critical Thinking Through Controversy

Research/Creative Activity Interests:

  • Primary focuses:
    • Pop Culture
    • Comic Studies
    • Victorian Literature
    • Law and Literature
    • British Modernism
    • The Novel
    • Composition
    • Writing Centers

Awards/Professional Memberships:

  • "The Superman Revolution” panelist at the Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, March 19, 2013
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association
  • College English Association of Ohio


  • "The Doctor’s Wife: Criminal/Justice.” The Victorian 2.3 (2014). Web.
  • "MySpace, Facebook, and Multi-Modal Literacy in the Writing Classroom.” Kairos PraxisWiki 15.2 (Spring 2011). Web
  • "‘Personal Property at Her Disposal’: Inheritance Law, the Single Woman, and The Moonstone.” Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre. Ed. Richard Fantina and Kimberly Harrison. The Ohio State University Press, October 2006. 160-169.

Career Accomplishments:

  • College English Association of Ohio, April 2012 "Superheroes, Supervillians, and the Humanities Classroom: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Writing”
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association, April 2012 "The Forgotten Women of England: the Single Woman, the Prostitute, and the Absence of Law”
  • Midwest Conference on British Studies, November 2011 "The Wife and the Widow: Coverture Law in Wuthering Heights andMiddlemarch”
  • College English Association of Ohio, April 2011 "‘Who Are You? Who? Who?: Online Identity and Presentation of Self in the First Year Composition Classroom”
  • Midwest Conference on British Studies, October 2010 "‘But the Undertakers Urge Her On’: The Cultural Construction of Mourning in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton”