Hollins University’s Office of Graduate Programs and Continuing Studies has named Elizabeth Dulemba as the new program director for the university’s graduate programs in children’s literature and Illustration. She will provide leadership for and oversight of the university’s existing children’s literature programs and develop new initiatives.
Steve Laymon, Hollins’ vice president for graduate programs and continuing studies, said that he is delighted with Dulemba’s new role in the program. “Elizabeth has taught in the program for nearly a decade, bringing her insight, exceptional teaching, and enormous skill to our classrooms. Now she also can shape the future of the program, in a world where diverse, authentically representative children’s books are more important than ever.”
“I’m excited by the prospect of helping to grow our graduate offerings to year-round, full-time graduate programs alongside our beloved low-residency summer programs,” Dulemba added. “We’re creating more opportunities for students from the United States and around the globe. Now everyone can experience our Hollins Magic!”
Dulemba has over three dozen books to her credit, including her debut novel, A Bird on Water Street, for which she was named Georgia Author of the Year. Three of her recent picture books as illustrator were written by New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen: Merbaby’s Lullaby (2019), Crow Not Crow (2018), and On Eagle Cove (2020). Her newest title, Teacup, is published under the pseudonym of Bae Broughton, after the street she lived on in Scotland.
Previously, Dulemba was program director and associate professor of illustration at Winthrop University. She is deeply familiar with Hollins, serving as a visiting associate professor in the M.F.A. in children’s book writing and illustration program at Hollins each summer over the past decade. She has also taught illustration at the University of Georgia and writing and illustration courses at schools and conferences internationally. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow School of Education in children’s literature. She also holds an M.F.A. in illustration from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Georgia. Prior to her career in teaching and children’s literature, Dulemba spent over a decade as a corporate art director and in-house illustrator for packaging, apparel, and communications firms.
The study of children’s literature as a scholarly and creative subject was initiated at Hollins in 1973, and in 1992, the graduate program in children’s literature was launched. Today, Hollins offers M.A. and M.F.A. programs in the study and writing of children’s literature, an M.F.A. in children’s book writing and illustrating, and a graduate-level certificate in children’s book illustration.