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Russell E. Willis

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Welcome to a world of ideas and words where we can dream and plan and complain and exhort and laugh and cry and consider all the things that make life worth living well...

Russell E. Willis

Russell grew up in and around Texas, was vocationally scattered throughout the Southwest and Great Plains for many years, and is now settled in Vermont with his wife, Dawn. Dawn is the Artistic Director of 
Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont and Solaris Vocal Ensemble.

The Path to REWiIlisWrites


After a long and distinguished career in academics as an award-winning teacher and administrator, Russell E. Willis founded Willis Strategic Management (WSM) in 2006.  This first foray into consulting centered on strategic planning and academic consulting.  In 2009 he added "entrepreneur" to his list of accomplishments, becoming a principal in Global Classroom, Inc.  In 2018, the principals of Global Classroom launched eAdviser, Inc., with Russell becoming eAdviser's Chief Learning Officer.  During the global pandemic of 2020, Russell added freelance writing and poetry to his professional toolkit. was born.

A Multifaceted Career

Dr. Willis has a wide range of experience and expertise as a freelance writer, online business executive, and coach/consultant in entrepreneurial business, strategic planning, and ethics.  His multi-faceted career spans industry, technology, higher education (teaching and administration), online education (with business and technology emphases), entrepreneurship, ministry, and counseling.  Russell tells this story in a Natural Curiosity Project podcast.

  • Experienced writer; published author (publications dating back to 1980s) with recent turn to writing as primary vocation including copywriting and ghostwriting. 

  • Diversified background in entrepreneurial higher education and business; a pioneer and innovator in online education and instructional technology. 

  • Expert in transforming strategic plans into operational goals: specializing in strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations. 

  • Consultant and coach combining business acumen with servant leadership to provide realistic solutions with a human touch.


Professional Experience

Chief Learning Officer                                                            2018-Present

eAdviser, Inc.
  • eAdviser is a platform for coaches and advisers in many areas of expertise.

Published Poet                                                                          2019-Present

  • Emerged as a poet in 2019, beginning with the publication on January 2 of three poems in The Write Launch
  • Russell is a featured poet in THE POET Magazine's "Profiles" series (read). 
  • Russell's poetry has been published (or accepted for publication) in
    • over 20 different online and print publications (including Last Leaves, The Atherton Review, Vermont Public Radio, Intangible Magazine, 433, Peeking Cat, Breathe, October Hill, Cathexis Northwest, Meat for Tea, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, The Esthetic Apostle, and The Write Launch)
    • ten anthologies (published by THE POET Magazine (3), American Writer's Review, WIngless Dreamer, A.B. Baird (2), and Poet's Choice (3))
    • see the full list with links to publications to purchase or read

Principal                                                                                    2006-Present

REWillisWrites/Willis Strategic Management
  • REWilliWrites and Willis Strategic Management are the dba for Russell E. Willis’s freelance writing, strategic planning, ethics consulting, and faith-based counseling.

Vice President, Product Development                                    2009-2018

Global Classroom, Inc.
  • With founder and CEO, built a pioneering online education platform for teacher certification, government training, professional development in business, and k12 education.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer                                     2003-2006

Champlain College
  • Provided leadership and vision for the institutional transformation of Champlain College.

Vice President for Academic Affairs                                      2000-2003

Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Acted as founding Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service.



  • Doctor of Philosophy - Social Ethics

    • Emory University​ (1990)

    • Dissertation: "Toward a Theological Ethics of Technology"

      • Focused on the work of Jacques Ellul, ​James Gustafson, and contemporary philosophy of technology

  • Master of Theology (1982)

    • Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University 

  • Master of Science-Engineering Management (1979)

    • Southern Methodist University

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (1977)

    • Southern Methodist University

  • Bachelor of Science - Management Systems (1976)

    • Southern Methodist University

Pastoral Ministry

  • United Church of Colchester (VT) (American Baptist Churches)

    • Pastor  -- 2017-Present

    • Interim Pastor -- 2010-2011, 2015-2017

  • First Baptist Church, Burlington (VT) (American Baptist Churches)

    • Bridge Pastor -- 2014-2015

  • Decker United Methodist Church (Austin, TX) (United Methodist Church)

    • Pastor -- 1984-1986

  • Central Congregational Church - UUC (Dallas, TX) (United Church of Christ)

    • Assistant, Associate Pastor -- 1979-1982​

Teaching Appointments (highest rank)

  • Dakota Wesleyan University -- Professor

  • McMurry University -- Associate Professor (tenured)

  • Iowa Wesleyan University -- Associate Professor (tenured)

    • 1995 Teacher of the Year​

  • Iowa State University --Instructor 

  • Arizona State University -- Visiting Assistant Professor

Industry Experience

Texas Instruments, Inc. - Military Products Department of Semiconductor Division. Specialized in opening non-military markets for use of mil-spec semiconductors.


Contact Info


14 Aspen Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452

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