Dr. Elia inspired many students to develop and believe in their own writing abilities.
Dr. Elia was truly passionate about the subject area that he taught, which is evidenced by the fact that many of his students remember which classes they took with him so long after graduation.
Aside from teaching, the other main thing that people associate with Dr. Elia is wine. He loved wine; especially the sharing of it with those he cared for.
Dr. Elia was the longtime head of the honors program, leading the way for many students to have the space to become the best version of themselves.
Countless Salem State students have come forward to express how much of an impact having Professor Elia for a teacher had on their lives. Such an amazing legacy to leave behind.
Students with whom Dr. Elia worked felt like he was more than just a professor to them. Yes, they learned much about English and Literature, but even more so, Dr. Elia taught his students about life, and creating a good one!