John Eliason, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Director of Composition and the Writing Center

Dr. John Eliason is a Professor of English and the Director of Composition and the Writing Center. He teaches first-year writing and a variety of upper-division courses in the Writing Concentration. His professional areas of interest include writing pedagogy,...

Dr. John Eliason

Contact Information

  • Spring 2018
    Writing Center, First floor, Foley Center Library
    Wednesday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • 509-313-6717

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., English, University of Nevada, Reno

M.A., English, University of Nevada, Reno

B.A., English, Montana State University, Bozeman

Courses Taught

English 101: Writing

English 200: Intermediate Composition

English 303: Creative Nonfiction Writing

English 306: Writing in the Workplace

English 390: Writing Center Practicum

English 395: The Teaching of Writing


Dr. John Eliason is a Professor of English and the Director of Composition and the Writing Center. He teaches first-year writing and a variety of upper-division courses in the Writing Concentration. His professional areas of interest include writing pedagogy, writing across the curriculum, writing centers, interdisciplinary collaborations, professional writing, reading instruction, and creative nonfiction writing. Dr. Eliason serves on the review boards for The WAC Journal and Across the Disciplines. He also provides writing consulting services to organizations and works as a freelance writer.

“Testing the Grounds of Reciprocity and Multilingualism: Forays into Writing Collaborations among L2 and L1 Writers.” (With Mary Jeannot.) Readings in Language Studies: A Critical Examination of Language and Community. 6. P. Chamness Miller, B. Rubrecht, E. Mikulec, and C-H. McGivern, Eds. International Society for Language Studies. Fall 2016.

“Professional Statements and Collaborations to Support the New Digital Scholar.” (With Kelly O’Brien-Jenks.) The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Randall McClure and James Purdy, Eds. American Association of Information Science and Technology. 2013.

Currently, I am working with Dr. Heather Easterling on a long-term project concerning student reading practices and faculty practices for reading and the teaching of reading. For a sample of our past work, visit this entry at REx: The Research Exchange Index.

I also continue to collaborate with Dr. Mary Jeannot, on projects that bring together theory and practice concerning monolingual and multilingual student writers of English. Our most recent project report manifest as a book chapter in the Fall 2016 conference proceedings for the International Society for Language Studies.