Liz Meyer
Associate Dean for Students • Associate Professor
EFPP: Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice

School of Education, Room 313
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Elizabeth J. Meyer is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously she held positions as Assistant Professor in the School of Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada.

Dr. Meyer is a former high school teacher whose research and writing focuses on issues related to gender and sexual diversity in K-12 schools. Current research projects include investigating the experiences of Title IX coordinators in school districts in California and Colorado. Other recent projects include: a California-based action research project on the implementation of Seth’s Law and the FAIR Education Act (www.centralcoastinclusiveschools.org), a Montreal-based action research project on empowering gender creative kids and their families (www.gendercreativekids.ca),  and a national survey of Canadian K-12 teachers’ training and experiences with Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) education.  In 2018, she joined the inaugural class of fellows as part of the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement [https://freespeechcenter.universityofcalifornia.edu/fellows/] . As part of this fellowship she is investigating speech controversies in K-12 classrooms and university campuses

She is the author of Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to end sexism and homophobia in Schools (Teachers College Press, 2009) and Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools (Springer, 2010). She is also co-editor of a the Gender and Sexuality in Education series for Peter Lang Publishing that includes two co-edited collections: Gender and Sexuality in Education (2014) and Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action (2014). Her research has been published in academic journals such as: Gender and Education; Journal of Educational Psychology; McGill Journal of Education; The Clearinghouse; Computers and Education; Technology, Pedagogy and Education; and The Journal of LGBT Youth. She has given keynote presentations at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and has provided expert testimony to the Canadian Senate on cyberbullying. She has made appearances on FOXNews, and National Public Radio.

She blogs for Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gender-and-schooling) and is also on Twitter: @lizjmeyer. Personal website: http://www.elizabethjmeyer.com/

Education:

B.A., Tulane University, 1992
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997
Ph.D in Culture and Values Education from McGill University,  2007

For a list of selected publications please visit CU Experts.

  1. Meyer, E.J., Quantz, M*.,Taylor, C. and Peter, T. (2018) Elementary teachers’ experiences with LGBTQ-inclusive education: Addressing fears with knowledge to improve confidence and practices. Theory into Practice, Special Issue: LGBTQ Topics in Elementary Education, Research, and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2018.1536922
  2. Meyer, E.J. & Keenan, H.* (2018)  Can policies help schools affirm gender diversity? A policy archaeology of transgender-inclusive policies in California schools. Gender and Education. 30(6), 736-753.
  3. Meyer, E.J., Somoza-Norton, A., Lovgren, N.*, Rubin, A.* and Quantz, M.*  (2018) Title IX coordinators in U.S. schools: Challenges addressing sex discrimination in the #MeToo era. Educational Policy Analysis Archives. 26(68), 1-28.     
  4. Meyer, E.J. and Leonardi, B. (2018) Teachers’ professional learning to affirm transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative youth: Experiences and recommendations from the field. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. 18(4), 449-463.