Carla White Ellis

Assistant Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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I’ve traveled to over 37 countries myself, so it’s one of my big passions in life. I’m always eager to learn about who my students are and what motivates them.”


Having traveled to over 36 countries, my passion for learning and culture has continued to grow. I have taught both state-side and abroad, at both the community college and university levels, and in both face-to-face and online classrooms.

My expertise in adult learning, multicultural education and ESL allows me to connect with all my students, both domestic and international. I have presented at regional and national conferences on these various interests.

In addition to my research, I am actively involved working with the Liberian community within RI through nonprofit work.  I hope to inspire students to open their minds to new ideas and cultures through class discussions, literature and research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Post Secondary and Adult Education
  • Humanities/Literature


  • TEFL Certificate, Post Secondary and Adult Education, Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Johnson & Wales University, Online & Teaching Certificate
  • The Learning Resources Network, Certified Faculty Developer 


  • The Collaborative of Rhode Island, 2017. “Job retention and growth in Rhode Island: An analysis of successful models in the US,” 2017. Authors: C. White Ellis + K. Peno
  • ProQuest, “A Foreign Affair: A Phenomenological Study of Barriers to Adult Liberian Refugees’ Success in the American College Classroom,” 2013.
  • Fine Lines, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Diverse Adult Learner,” 2012.