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Nicole Anderson Ellis

Associate Professor

Harris Hall, Room 5155

Office hours: Monday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; walk-in nd other days/times/on Zoom by appointment


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