James Ellor

Jim Ellor

Phone: 254-710-4439
E-mail: James_Ellor@baylor.edu

"Gerontological Social Work practice is one of the most exciting and engaging areas in our field. I care about people and appreciate the lived history that adults and older adults bring with them. In this part of our field it is easy to get caught up in the challenges of growing older, but what I appreciate most is the strength and courage of each person as they continue to try to be themselves learning from the past and looking forward to their future.

"Teaching and learning are really parts of the same thing. I love to learn and I love to share what I have learned from 33 years of professional practice. At the same time, I love to listen and learn from students and encourage them to also learn from each other. We are all important in the classroom, teacher and student bring their experiences and knowledge together and we learn from one another."


Ph.D., Chicago Theological Seminary
D.Min., Chicago Theological Seminary
Post M.S.W. Certificate in Group Psychotherapy, Smith College School of Social Work

A.M. (M.S.W.), University of Chicago
M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary
B.A., Kent State University
Full Curriculum Vita

Professional Credentials

ACSW, LCSW, Board Certified Diplomat (BCD) in Clinical Social Work, Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (DCSW), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), CSW-G

Selected Publications

  • Ellor, J.W. (2009). Methods in Religion, Spirituality and Aging. London: Routledge
  • Ellor, J.W. (2005). Spiritual and Religious Growth. In L.W. Kaye (Ed.), Perspectives on Productive Aging: Social Work with the New Aged. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
  • Netting, F.E., & Ellor, J.W. (2004). Faith Based Initiatives and Older Adults. Binghamton: The Haworth Press
  • Ellor. J.W. (2003). The Role of Spiritual Assessment in Counseling Older Adults. In S. McFadden & M. Kimble (Eds.), A Practical Handbook for Aging, Religion and Spirituality. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Research Interests

  • Grief and Loss Among Alzheimer's Patients
  • Spiritual Assessment Among the Elderly
  • Knowledge and Attitudes of Aging
  • Hunger among Older Adults
  • Mental Health for Older Adults
  • Training Needs for Paraprofessionals and Professionals
  • Stress, Trauma and PTSD
  • The Role of the Church as Service Provider
  • Military Family Coping
  • Meaning Oriented (Logo) therapy


Dr. Ellor previously served as professor of human services and gerontology at National - Louis University in Wheaton, Ill., for 21 years. In this capacity he also was the director of the Center for Positive Aging. Concurrent to this position, he served part-time as an on-call chaplain at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. Previously, he was a research associate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Ellor works with older adults around issues of mental and spiritual health. He has served on the executive committee of the Midwestern Geriatric Education Center and provides education, counseling, and planning for individuals and groups who work with seniors. His research includes work in entrostomal therapy, hunger, spiritual assessment, and intervention techniques with cognitively impaired older adults.

He is married to Janet R. Ellor; they are parents of Lisa and Margaret.