A woman sitting surrounded by books and art wearing a black turtle neck

Nicole Anderson Ellis

Associate Professor

Harris Hall, Room 5155


Student Wellness

Land Conservation

Public Service


Professor Anderson Ellis has been on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University for more than a decade, honing her passions for student wellness, the craft of writing and sustainability. Anderson Ellis is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and is serving her third term as an elected Director and current Chair of the Board for the Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District.


  • M.F.A- Creative Writing, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A.- Environmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles


  • UNIV111
  • UNIV112 


  • Public Service Award, Dept. of Focused Inquiry, VCU, 2018
  • Great Minds Award, Phi Kappa Phi, VCU, 2014
  • Richmond History Maker, Demonstrating Innovative Solutions,                                             Valentine History Center, 2013
  • Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment,    Southern Environmental Law Center, 2009
  • Science/Environment/Health Writing Award, 1st Place, Virginia Press Association, 2005 (for “Catfish and Cancer: How Safe Are Fish from the James?”)


  • United Campus Workers