Faculty Profile

Ash Nichols

Professor of English and Environmental Studies; Walter E. Beach '56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies (1988)

Contact Information

nicholsa@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Building Room 192
717.245.1660
http://users.dickinson.edu/~nicholsa/

Bio

His fields include 19th- and 20th-century British literature and contemporary ecocriticism, with an emphasis on Romantic poetry and American nature writing. He also regularly teaches courses in nature writing. His current research focuses on Romantic natural history, 1750-1850 and urbanatural roosting.

Education

  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1975
  • M.A., 1979
  • Ph.D., 1984

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

WRPG 211 Writing About Natural History
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-02.Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Natural History Sustainability Mosaic.Part of the semester long Natural History Sustainability Mosaic by application only.ENGL 212: This course is designed only for students who are registering for the three (3) classes in the Fall 2016 Natural History Sustainability Mosaic II. It will improve your skills as a writer of expository prose by emphasizing the genre of natural history writing. We will concentrate on a variety of writing problems and techniques: description, summary, narration, argumentation, analysis, and interpretation. Our focus will be on the natural world, natural history, and human connections to that world. Numerous field trips (Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina Fossil Quarry, Pennsylvania Elk Herd) to museums (Carnegie in Pittsburgh, State museum in Harrisburg) and field experiences (insect collecting, turtle trapping, saw-whet owl banding, hawk watching) will form the basis of our writing. Discussions of essay reading assignments will be supplemented by group workshop sessions and individual tutorials.

ENGL 212 Writing About Natural History
Cross-listed with WRPG 211-02.Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Natural History Sustainability Mosaic.Part of the semester long Natural History Sustainability Mosaic by application only. ENGL 212: This course is designed only for students who are registering for the three (3) classes in the Fall 2016 Natural History Sustainability Mosaic II. It will improve your skills as a writer of expository prose by emphasizing the genre of natural history writing. We will concentrate on a variety of writing problems and techniques: description, summary, narration, argumentation, analysis, and interpretation. Our focus will be on the natural world, natural history, and human connections to that world. Numerous field trips (Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina Fossil Quarry, Pennsylvania Elk Herd) to museums (Carnegie in Pittsburgh, State museum in Harrisburg) and field experiences (insect collecting, turtle trapping, saw-whet owl banding, hawk watching) will form the basis of our writing. Discussions of essay reading assignments will be supplemented by group workshop sessions and individual tutorials.

ENGL 312 Advanced Expository Writing
Permission of Instructor Required.