John Eliason, Ph.D.

Professor of English and University Writing Center Director

Dr. John Eliason is a Professor of English and the University Writing Center Director. 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...

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Contact Information

  • Office Hours | Fall 2022

    Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. HUB 209
    Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Writing Center (Foley Center Library 121)

  • (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 193: First Year Seminar

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

English 406: Special Topics in Writing


Dr. John Eliason is a Professor of English and the University Writing Center Director. 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.

“Mind the Gap: Investigating Faculty Reading Practices” (With Heather Easterling). Reading Across the Disciplines, edited by Karen Manarin, Indiana UP, 2022, pp. 64-80.

“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. Abigail Villagrán Mora (University of Puebla, Mexico) on a project concerning the International Writing Center Association’s Mentorship Program and its connection to the status, power, and learning capacities of writing center professionals.

In addition, I am in the early stages of writing a series of creative nonfiction essays on possible effects of global climate change on hunting, the role of hunters in contemporary conservation efforts, and personal and group identity in U.S. hunting history.