Faculty & Staff

Dr. Erick Piller

Title: Assistant Professor of English
Department: English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
Email: erick.piller@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4980
Dept. Phone: 985-448-4453
Office Location: Peltier Hall, 251B



PhD, English, University of Connecticut, 2018
MA, English, University of Connecticut, 2014
MFA, Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College, 2012
BA, English and French, Loyola University New Orleans, 2010


“Reverse Engineering Genre.” Dynamic Activities for First-Year Composition. Edited by Michal Reznizki and David Coad, NCTE, forthcoming. “Moonlighting Together: Faculty (Creative) Writing Groups.” New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/14790726.2021.2004168. “What’s Creative about Creative Writing? Critical Pedagogy and Transversal Creativity.” Journal of Creative Writing Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, 2016, pp. 1–9.
Awards and Honors
Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence, Nicholls State University, 2021–2022 OER Commons Faculty Cohort Program Award, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, 2020


Erick Piller is an assistant professor of English and co-director of the writing program. He joined the Nicholls community in 2018. He received a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from the University of Connecticut in 2018 and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 2012. His work has appeared in New Writing, Journal of Creative Writing Studies, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Dr. Piller’s primary research interests include writing pedagogy, rhetoric, creativity, and instructional design. As the Center for Teaching Excellence’s inaugural faculty fellow, he has worked to promote writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines at Nicholls.


  • ENGL 365. Topics in Rhetoric and Writing
  • ENGL 468. Technical Writing for the Sciences