Russell Gill

Adjunct Professor Emeritus of English
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

Brief Biography

Russell Gill is Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of English and  Distinguished University Professor.


He received his AB from The College of William and Mary and his AM and PhD from Harvard University.

Employment History

Gill has taught at  Elon since 1976.  He was Chair of the Department of Literature and Languages from 1983 to 1988, Director of General Studies from 1994 to 1996, and Dean of Arts and Humanities from 1996 to 2000.  He received the Daniels-Danieley Award for teaching  in 1986.

Courses Taught

Courses taught have included Developmental Writing, College Writing, Global Studies, and Seventeenth-Century Literature, in addition to a number of upper-level and interdisciplinary courses for  the English Department and the General Studies Program.


Currently Gill is working on the theory of genres and literary classification.  His latest publications include articles on the classification of speculative fiction and the theoretical bases for interdisciplinary comparison of John Dryden and Sir Christopher Wren.  A recent talk explored "romance as performance" in Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Service Activities

Gill serves on the boards of the Alamance-Caswell Local Management entity for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse; Ralph Scott Lifeservices; and the Alamance Arc (Association for Retarded Citizens).  He is also a member of Fairness Alamance, an organization that supports the legal rights of all residents of Alamance County, including immigrants.

Personal Information

Gill is married to Diane Batchelet.  They are the parents of five children.