Erik Ellis received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. He also has an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from New York University and an MA in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Erik's PWR 1 course, "Prowling Toward Certainty," invites students to research and reflect on controversies about which they feel ambivalent. He also teaches the PWR 2 section "Once Upon a Cause: Producing Picture Books for Local Children."
His teaching and research interests include the genres of the essay and the picture book, multimodal literacy, visual rhetoric, and style. His recent publications include:
"Back to the Future?: The Pedagogical Promise of the (Multimedia) Essay." Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres. Ed. Tracey Bowen and Carl Whithaus. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P., 2013.
"Shushes in the Parlor: Reclaiming the 'Conversation' Metaphor." Disrupting Pedagogies in the Knowledge Society: Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches. Ed. Julie Faulkner. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012.
"Toward a Pedagogy of Psychic Distance." The Centrality of Style. Ed. Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2013.