Professional Background

Elizabeth Harper Neeld is…

…a woman of ideas 

Consultant for the Carnegie Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lily Foundation, The American Council of Learned Societies, and many other governmental agencies and academic institutions

…a woman of results

Consultant to corporate executives in aerospace, banking, medical, architectural, business, personal services, oil and gas, retail corporations. Ken Blanchard, author of One Minute Manager, says, “Elizabeth Neeld gives clear, focused guidance that works!” Bob Young, Vice President, Lockheed Corporation, President Lockheed-EMSCO says, “Elizabeth Neeld knows what it takes to open up new areas of possibility. When I decided to tackle a project in an arena outside my usual expertise, it was Elizabeth Neeld that I chose to be my coach.”

…a woman of discernment and judgment

When the United States Congress mandated a review of a prestigious government funding agency, four individuals were selected to carry out this assignment and prepare a report for Congress. Elizabeth Neeld was one of the four.

…a woman of recognition

Included in such publications as Who’s Who In the World, Who’s Who in America, Directory of American Scholars, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of International Women, Who’s Who in American Education, and Contemporary Authors.

…a woman of accomplishment

Twenty-one publications, including the critically acclaimed Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World, a Book of the Month Selection by Psychology Today Book Club and the book chosen by the American Red Cross to give to its staff and others being served by the Red Cross in New York City after 9/11; Tough Transitions: Navigating Your Way Through Difficult Times, Book of the Month by One Spirit Book Club; A Sacred Primer: The Essential Guide to Quiet Time and Prayer; College writing texts (more than 400,000 copies sold) used in schools such as Harvard, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, California State University, and hundreds of other colleges and universities; Yes! You Can Write, an audio book series purchased by 75,000 professionals; From the Plow To the Pulpit and Sister Bernadette: Cowboy Nun From Texas, books about ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives.

…a woman of professional achievement

Director of English Programs, The Modern Language Association, New York City (first woman to hold this post)

Tenured professor, Texas A&M University (first woman to receive tenure and rank of Professor in the English Department at Texas A&M)

Assistant to the President, Texas A&M University (first woman faculty member to be named to this position)

…a woman of contribution

Managing Consultant for the widely acclaimed book: Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

Speaker and facilitator, 2001 grassroots conference in Ireland designed to help facilitate the implementation of The Good Friday Agreement with participants from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic

Two public television one-hour documentaries based on Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World: The Challenge of Grief shown on public television stations throughout the United States and Seven Choices for Healing Grief, shown in the Iowa public television market.

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Academic Education:

Ph. D. (English), University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Dissertation: Biblical Allusion in the Novels of Samuel Richardson

Post-Graduate Studies, New School of Social Research, New York

M. Ed. (English), University of Chattanooga

B. S. (English Education), University of Chattanooga


Tenured, Full Professor, Texas A&M University, English Department 1976-1983

A: First woman to be receive tenure and first woman named Full Professor in the English Department at Texas A&M University

B: Created the curriculum for, taught in, and directed the rhetoric and composition program for M. A. and Ph. D. degrees in the English Department 1976-1983

C: Assistant to the President of Texas A&M, 1980-1981

Executive Professor, College of Business, University of Houston 1990-2000

Independent Scholar, Researcher, and Author, 1983-present

Corporate Consultant

Selected clients: Delta Airlines; US Postal Service; Lockheed; Master Card; AT&T; Showtime/Movie Channel; Faulkner Eye Institute of Hawaii; Syntex Pharmaceutical Laboratories; Mobil; Shell; Exxon; AARP; Walmart; Conoco Norway; Camaroon State Oil Company, Africa; Saline Water Conversion Corporation, Saudi Arabia; Compania Siderurgica Huachipato, Chile; Samsung Engineering Company, South Korea; FAIV, Paris, France

Consultant to Government & Foundations

National Endowment for the Humanities (Committee mandated by United States Congress); Lily Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation 1973-1976

Director, English Programs, The Modern Language Association, New York, 1973-1976

Head, Humanities Division, Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee, 1967-1973


With Eyes Wide Open: iPhone Photography (Centerpoint Press)

Tough Transitions, hardback and paperback (Warner Books, NY), Book of the Month for One Spirit Book Club

A Sacred Primer: The Essential Guide to Quiet Time and Prayer (hardback, Renaissance Press, NY; paperback versions, Abingdon Press and Centerpoint Press)

Seven Choices: Finding Daylight after Loss Shatters Your World (4th edition Warner Books, NY), Book of the Month for Psychology Today Book Club. This book was chosen by the American Red Cross to be distributed in New York after 9/11. This book is also the subject of two one-hour documentaries on PBS.

Seven Choices Pocket Guide (Centerpoint Press)

From the Plow to the Pulpit (Centerpoint Press)

Sister Bernadette: Cowboy Nun from Texas (Centerpoint Press)

Writing, 1, 2, 3, Editions (Scott Foresman)

Writing Brief, 1, 2, 3 Editions (Scott Foresman)

Writing Short Course

Readings for Writing (Scott Foresman)

The Way A Writer Reads (Scott Foresman)

Options for the Teaching of English: The Undergraduate Curriculum (The Modern Language Association)

Either Way Will Hurt & Other Essays on English (The Modern Language Association)

Harper & Row Studies in Language and Literature (Harper & Row)

Fairy Tales of the Sea (Texas A&M Press)

Yes! You Can Write (audio series) (Nightengale/Conant)

For Reviews of Selected Books, see

Public Television Documentaries Based on Book, Seven Choices:

The Challenge of Grief, a one-hour documentary based on Elizabeth Neeld’s book Seven Choices and anchored by her, shown nation-wide on public television stations

Seven Choices for Healing Grief, a one-hour live filming with Elizabeth Neeld, created by and shown on Iowa Public Television

Selected Honors

Contemporary Authors of America, #141
Who’s Who in the World, (2016 Edition)
Who’s Who in America, (2015 Edition)
Who’s Who in American Women, 2006/2007, 25th Edition
Who’s Who in American Education, 6th edition, 2004/2005
Directory of American Scholars, 11th edition