Faron Ellis
Dr. Faron Ellis

Faron Ellis has been engaging Lethbridge College students in applied research projects for the past 20 years by integrating research into their course work, twice being honored with the Lethbridge College Students’ Association and Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award (2007 and 2016).

In 2001, Faron organized students’ course-based applied research into the Citizen Society Research Lab (CSRL), which has been recognized with multiple awards including the Colleges and Institutes Canada 2015 bronze medal for Innovation in Applied Research Excellence. As CSRL Research Chair, he now provides applied research opportunities to over 500 Lethbridge College students in a variety of programs and academic centres across the institution.

As principal investigator of CSRL research, Faron has authored over 150 public opinion research reports. His other political science research in Canadian government, including two books, over 30 academic essays, journal publication and book chapters, and over 65 newspaper and magazine essays and op-eds, has led to him being recognized as a national authority on political parties and elections.

Aside from the time he spent studying political science at the University of Calgary (B.A. ’87 and Ph. D ’97) and Carleton University (M.A. ’89), Faron is a lifelong Lethbridge resident.

Areas of expertise

  • political science
  • public opinion
  • Canadian and Alberta politics
  • local government

Current research project

The Citizen Society Research Lab conducts annual public opinion studies of Alberta (fall semester) and Lethbridge (winter semester). During the 2017-18 academic year the CSRL will continue to explore issues of student and public interest, including environmental and political issues, advance care planning for the Advance Care Planning Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities Program (fall) and performance evaluations for Lethbridge Police Service (winter). Find out more about CSRL.

Publications and presentations

View a complete list of Faron Ellis' publications.