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