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Ellis, Jay Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • Dr. Ellis researches and teaches creative nonfiction and editorial and publishing skills, creativity and revision in rhetoric and writing, literary criticism, creative nonfiction and fiction, and improvisational musical performance. Research in American fiction centers on spatial constraint and gender in putatively masculinist narratives. Research in compositional pedagogy examines cloud storage replacements of course management systems to expand 'social computing' models of learning in physical classrooms. Alternative pedagogy and praxis teaches specific computer techniques for research, writing, and revision enabling students to become life-long practitioners of critical inquiry through their own research, composition, and editing.


  • creative nonfiction, composition pedagogy and theory, rhetoric and composition, literary criticism, american literature, western american literature, fiction, creative writing


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courses taught

  • WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
  • WRTG 3090 - Open Topics in Writing: Advanced
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Advanced topics course providing intensive, specialized writing instruction in selected topics. Check with the program for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours if the topics are different. Does not fulfill core requirements. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 3007 or WRTG 3020 WRTG 3030 or WRTG 3035 or WRTG 3040 or instructor consent required.


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