Liesl H. Eberhardt
~ Background Information ~Dr. Liesl H. Eberhardt is a senior instructor in the Department of Communication. She began her teaching career as a senior graduate teaching assistant at UCCS in 2001 teaching in the public speaking course as a recitation instructor. She now enjoys teaching a variety of communication courses within the department. Her research interests fall primarily within the area of leadership and organizational communication, specifically perceptions of gender differences in leadership styles across different organizational contexts and the study of administrative leadership. Her research has been presented at the Women in Education Leadership conferences and featured in the Women in higher education newsletter. She has also presented her research at both the National Communication Association and the Rocky Mountain Communication Association annual conventions. She was featured as one of Curiosity Unlimited' s 2013-2014 monthly keynote speakers, speaking in March of 2014 on Understanding Bad Leadership. In the Dec. 9, 2013 issue of the Scribe, she was interviewed for an article titled Gender preferences for teachers, bosses not as prevalent, based on a recent Forbes article. In the spring of 2011, the UCCS newsletter, Communique, featured Liesl and her students in an article on teaching strategies, student engagement, and incorporating new technologies into higher education. She is currently co-authoring a book prospectus, Contemporary leadership: evaluating gender perspectives, media effects, and diversity.
Her university experience includes three years assisting the director of the Center for Excellence in Oral Communication. Liesl also served for four years as the assistant director for the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, a CU system-wide academic program for targeted middle and high school students who are first-generation college bound students. She presently continues as a consultant, designing leadership curriculum and teaching for the program. She recently co-authored a series of leadership workbooks for their middle-school students as part of a program called the LIL Academy (Launch into Leadership) Levels I-II. Liesl was fortunate to be a member of the first group of UCCS graduate students to study at the University of Siena in Italy and the University of Vienna in Austria as part of the Intercultural Organizational Communication study-abroad grant with the Department of Communication as part of her M.A. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in educational leadership and higher education administration.
Liesl enjoys all Colorado has to offer with her husband Eric, a teacher/drummer and their "daughters" Mina and Mayzie, two Maltese. They love to travel whenever they can get away.