Background

Born and raised in England,  I moved to the U.S. in 1979. After living on the Arizona/Utah border for a couple of years, I went back to school to earn a Master's degree in English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I completed my MA in 1984, and went on to the University of Arizona where I earned a Ph.D. in 1990.  I have worked at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah since 1990.

 

My dissertation explored the semiotics of quilting, and many of my publications focus on quilts in literature and culture. I also write and publish personal essays. As well as teaching a variety of writing and literature classes at Weber State University, I'm also a part-time administrator, first running the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, then co-coordinating First Year Experience, followed by the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program. I am currently the director of the Honors Program.

 

I'm married to Alan Livingston, who has three grown daughters, my bonus daughters, and we have two adorable grand children.

 

To contact me:

I respond most quickly to e-mail: jelsley@weber.edu.  I usually respond to e-mail messages within 24 hours, so if you haven't received a reply from me, it means I probably didn't get your message. Try again!