Meet the Staff


Elizabeth Wimberly-Young, M.F.A
Associate Director, Research & Creative Arts
University Hall 1874
310 258 2690

Elizabeth Wimberly-Young’s research interests concern exploring methods for incorporating high-impact and engaged learning and increasing inclusive excellence in student research across the disciplines, including humanities and the literary and creative arts. She has been teaching composition, creative writing, literary nonfiction and business writing for over fourteen years. During her nine years at LMU, she’s served as a Lecturer in English and the Core and worked as Academic Affairs Associate for the University Core Curriculum, where she managed the challenges and daily functions of the Core and engaged in collaborative, cross-disciplinary work to help build infrastructure and implement LMU’s recently revised curriculum. She’s a co-creator of the Rhetorical Arts Festival, a student supported event where Rhetorical Arts students deliver persuasive speeches on social justice, and a collaborator on several university initiatives, including the task force that successfully brought the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, to campus. Her work has appeared in various publications, including storySouth, and was a finalist for Creative Nonfiction’s Essays on Animals contest.  Elizabeth was the recipient of a Virginia G. Piper Center Independent Travel Grant for work and research at New Light, a care center for the children of sex workers in Kolkata, India. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Elon University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction from Arizona State University. In addition to her work with student research, she currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in BCLA and is a foundation member of the Omega of California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at LMU.


Ralph Eurich Patacsil
Administrative Coordinator
Office of Research & Creative Arts

Ralph Eurich Patacsil is an alumnus of LMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts' Studio Arts-Graphic Design program. Outside of handling administrative tasks and managing promotional material for the Office of Research & Creative Arts, Ralph is a practicing freelance Graphic Designer and Fine Artist. He uses art to express what words cannot, whether that is communicating a simple point or telling a story. As an artist, he continues to experiment with a wide variety of media to create conversations about the things he is most passionate about, most especially his desire to preserve the culture of the Chamorro, the indigenous people of his home island of Guam.