Robert Ellison

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Assistant Professor

Educational Background
PhD, University of North Texas, 1995
MA, University of North Texas, 1991
BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1988

Interests and Specialization
Victorian literature, nonfiction prose and sermon studies

Robert Ellison has been a member of the English faculty since 2009. His entire family has some kind of connection with Marshall: his wife, Dr. Lori Ellison, teaches counseling in South Charleston, and both of his children are students on the Huntington campus as well.

The courses Dr. Ellison teaches most often include ENG 350, Introduction to Textual Analysis, and ENG 499, Senior Capstone. He has also taught science fiction with a steampunk theme and developed new courses entitled Good Essays, a 200-level general-education class, and Victorian nonfiction, an advanced course for English majors.

Dr. Ellison’s research specialty is sermon rhetoric, with a particular interest in the preaching of 19th-century Britain. His major publications include The Victorian Pulpit (author, 1998); A New History of the Sermon: The Nineteenth Century (editor, 2010); and The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901 (“consultant editor,” 2012).

In October 2014, Dr. Ellison created the Center for Sermon Studies at Marshall, with the goal of promoting the study of preaching in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other world religions. He now spends a good deal of his time talking with students, faculty, and members of the community about all aspects of pulpit rhetoric and sacred speech. Anyone wishing to join the conversation is most welcome to contact him at