Don Scheese


As an American Studies professor and scholar, I teach all periods of American literature. I'm especially interested in the relationship between people and place--how a given environment shapes and is shaped by individuals, groups, society--and how this relationship plays out in literature, painting, photography and other aspects of American culture. I've published two books so far on this subject: Nature Writing: The Pastoral Impulse in America (1996), and Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return Wilderness (2001), as well as over 70 articles, essays, & reviews.

My most recent writing project is a cycling memoir tentatively titled The Solitary Cyclist.

In the winter/spring of 2011 I taught 19th century American literature at several universities in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar--an incredibly enriching experience. When not teaching and writing, I am, depending on the season, hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in a nearby or far-off wilderness.


B.A., Political Science, Temple University; M.A., English, University of Idaho; Ph.D., American Studies, University of Iowa

Courses Taught


ENG-101 (Read:Lit of Sport) and ENG-121 (American Literature I)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FTS-100FTS:On the Road122014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-101Read:Lance Armstrong92015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
ENG-122American Literature II82015/SP, 2013/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2000/SP
ENG-121American Literature I82012/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA
ENG-128American Pastoralism82010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-273American Novel52011/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-228American Pastoralism42014/SP and 2012/SP
ENG-336American Renaissance42013/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/SP
ENG-256Creative Nonfiction42012/SP, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
ENG-105Appreciating Literature42010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
ENV-108Lure of the Desert42007/JN, 2005/JN, 2002/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-399Senior Seminar32008/SP, 2004/FA, and 2000/FA
GEG-350American Environmental History32003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
NDL-110Road Movies22010/JN and 2009/JN
ENG-126Ethnic American Literature22005/SP and 2001/SP
ENG-268Career Exploration22001/JN and 2000/JN
ENG-114Art of Interpretation12002/SP
ENG-274American Renaissance11999/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.