Faculty / College of Liberal Arts

Reuben Ellis

Chair, Assistant Professor, Writing Department

Reuben Ellis is Associate Professor of Writing and Chair of the Writing Department. He teaches courses in the Professional Writing degree, the department’s first year composition program, and the College of Liberal Art’s Interdisciplinary Studies program. His teaching interests include periodical writing, newspaper journalism, creative non-fiction, travel writing, sustainability, fiction, and literature. For Dr. Ellis, the classroom is a lively, engaged workshop environment where students collaborate to develop and expand their skills. He is a practicing writer himself. His books include Vertical Margins: Mountaineering and the Landscapes of Neo-Imperialism; Stories and Stone: Writing the Ancestral Pueblo Homeland; and Beyond Borders: The Selected Essays of Mary Austin, as well as many published essays on literature and writing and works of fiction and creative non-fiction. He is currently working on a book-length project describing literary representations of ancestral Puebloan peoples. His research interests in the field of rhetoric and composition include applications of directed writing and using sequenced modes to bridge from narrative writing to other forms. Dr. Ellis enjoys spending time in the wild and open spaces of the American southwest. When he doesn’t have a book or a keyboard in front of him, he can be found –or not found—somewhere past the last road.


Ph.D. English. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. English. University of Idaho
B.A. English. Western State Colorado University