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Elizabeth Holtzinger

Assistant Teaching Professor of English

117 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2020: I am available to meet with students quite flexibly and request that we discuss a mutually-agreed upon time to meet. I can be available on or off campus, during or after "regular business hours." I will be in either my office in 117 Burrowes OR the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1:30 and 3:00 and am happy to meet with students during those times, yet I humbly request that you check in with me first to let me know you're coming and to find out where I'll be. In advance of our meeting, please find and complete the Meeting Preparation sheet found in the "Housekeeping" folder in our Canvas course page. The sheet must be completed and submitted to me AT LEAST twelve hours PRIOR to our meeting. Failure to complete and submit the sheet to me will result in cancellation of your appointment with me.


  1. Bachelor of Arts, English, The Pennsylvania State University, 1995.
  2. Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Language and Literacy Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000.

Professional Bio

Penn State is in my bloodline. If you are a Holtzinger, it is nearly an expectation that you attend Penn State at some point in your life. This history began with my grandfather, Ted Holtzinger, who had a vision for his fellow townspeople in Altoona, PA. After the second world war, my grandfather yearned for Altoona veterans to return to their hometown and pursue an education. It is with this notion that he and a group of local businessmen initiated the idea of a Penn State campus in Altoona. Originally located in downtown Altoona, enrollment became so large that the school needed more room. Thus--Penn State Altoona at Ivyside Park was berthed, one of Penn State's first commonwealth campuses. Probably some fifty years later, I was faced with the dilemma of choosing a college. In spite of my family's history, I wanted to rebel. I threatened Pitt and Ohio State, but when my parents informed me that I would have to foot the bill for those applications, I quickly changed my mind and settled upon Penn State's Altoona Campus. I spent two years there before heading to the main campus. I graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in English. But I had no clear vision of who or what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I spent the next three years trying to "find myself." That lead me to the graduate program at Penn State in the College of Education. Here, I would earn my Master of Education in 2000. I landed this job at Penn State shortly after. I'm pretty sure Ted would be proud.