Dr. Dowland joined the department in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in American Literature from The University of Iowa, where he taught in the English and Rhetoric departments, and in the Sexuality Studies (now Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies) program. He also completed an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Iowa’s Project on the Rhetorics of Inquiry program, which encourages the crossing of conceptual and institutional boundaries to seek connections between the arts, humanities and professions. While at Iowa, he received an Outstanding Teaching Award from its Council on Teaching.
Dr. Dowland’s teaching and research foci include American Literature and literary criticism, particularly emerging modes of criticism such as affect theory and ecocriticism. His current project, The United States of Affect, is a study of the centrality of affect in nonfiction narratives of the United States, ranging from established authors such as John Steinbeck and philosophers such as Simone de Beauvoir, to television and media personalities such as Charles Kuralt and Sarah Vowell.
At ONU, Dr. Dowland teaches a wide range of courses, including general education surveys and extradisciplinary seminars, to introductory and upper-level courses for majors. He frequently teaches in the Honors Program. Dr. Dowland is currently developing courses that bring together his interests in literature and interdisciplinary research: literature and the environment, literature and law, literature and medicine, and an extradisciplinary studies course on everyday life in a global perspective.
Ph.D. (English), The University of Iowa, 2010.
M.A. (English), The University of Iowa, 2005.
B.A. (History and English), Michigan State University (Honors College), 2001.
Interdisciplinary Rhetorics of Inquiry, The University of Iowa, 2007.
Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, 2007 and 2011.
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, 2005.
“Macrocosm of Microcosm Me’: Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 16.3 (2005): 311-332.
Reviews and review essays in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; PCS: Psychoanalysis Culture & Society; and American Studies (AMSJ).
“Reading Environments: Ecocriticism for Interdisciplinary Inquiry.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 2014.
“‘The Whole Thing is Crazy’: Discontent, Doubt and the American Dream in Steinbeck’s America and Americans.” American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2012.
“The Fields of Cultural Production in Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers.” Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, November 2008.
“The Life and ‘Half-Life’ of Charles Kuralt’s On the Road.” Film and History Biennial Conference. Fort Worth, April 2006.
Sigma Tau Delta, Advisor
Visiting International Students in English, Advisor