Bill Ellis


  • Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, Penn State Hazleton, 2009-present.
  • Professor of English and American Studies, Penn State Hazleton, 2004-2009; Associate Professor, 1990-2004; Assistant Professor, 1984-1990.
  • Visiting Professor, George Washington University, 2012.
  • Visiting Professor, English, George Mason University, 2006-2007.
  • Fellow, American Folklore Society.
  • Bill Ellis Prize established by New Directions in Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society, 2012.
  • Executive Board Member, American Folklore Society, 2007-2010.
  • Invited Participant, Rockefeller Foundation Conference on “The Social Consequences of Rumor and Legend,” Bellagio, Italy, April 14-18, 2003.
  • Editor, FOAFtale News, 1989-1994.
  • President, ISCLR, 1995-1999.
  • Commonwealth College Excellence in Academic Integration Award for extraordinary achievement in the integration of teaching, research, and service, 2004.
  • Butler Technology and Teaching Award for excellence in using computer-mediated instruction in the classroom and demonstrating its effect in promoting student learning, 2001.
  • Featured interviewee in Cropsey, a feature-length documentary by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancoccio of After Hours Productions, 2004 (released in 2009).
  • Featured interviewee for segment on urban legends for “Weird Almanac,” TV documentary produced by the BBC and broadcast in the USA on The Learning Channel, January 4, 2002.
  • Featured interviewee for radio program The Infinite Mind: Parapsychology: Science and Psychics. Broadcast on National Public Radio during the week of September 5, 2001.
  • Featured interviewee for segments on urban legends for “Exploring the Unknown,” a TV documentary series broadcast by Fox Family Network, June 2000.


Linda D, Bill E, and Libby
Bill Ellis with Linda Dégh and Libby Tucker

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