Don Scheese


Professor Emeritus

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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-101 Read:Lance Armstrong 16 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
FTS-100 FTS:On the Road 12 2014/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-122 American Literature II 9 2016/FA, 2015/SP, 2013/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2000/SP
ENG-121 American Literature I 9 2015/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA
ENG-128 American Pastoralism 8 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-228 American Pastoralism 7 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, and 2012/SP
ENG-273 American Novel 5 2011/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-336 American Renaissance 4 2013/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/SP
ENG-256 Creative Nonfiction 4 2012/SP, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
ENG-105 Appreciating Literature 4 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
ENV-108 Lure of the Desert 4 2007/JN, 2005/JN, 2002/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-399 Senior Seminar 3 2008/SP, 2004/FA, and 2000/FA
GEG-350 American Environmental History 3 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
NDL-110 Road Movies 2 2010/JN and 2009/JN
ENG-126 Ethnic American Literature 2 2005/SP and 2001/SP
ENG-268 Career Exploration 2 2001/JN and 2000/JN
ENG-114 Art of Interpretation 1 2002/SP
ENG-274 American Renaissance 1 1999/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.