Russell Gill, Ph.D., joined the Elon faculty in 1976. He served as chair of the department of literature, languages and communications, the predecessor to the English department, from 1983 to 1988.
Gill has held other significant leadership roles at Elon, serving as coordinator of humanities and director of general studies in 1994. From 1996 to 2000, Gill served as dean of arts and sciences, and he currently serves as Faculty Fellow for the university’s living-learning community initiative. He is also Elon's Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of English.
Gill has served on numerous university committees. He has served on the Academic Council, including a two-year appointment as chair. He has served on the promotions and tenure committee, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) steering committee on Institutional Effectiveness and the SACS committee for the Centrality of the Arts and Sciences. He is chair of the Phi Beta Kappa steering committee.
Gill received master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.