Faculty Profile

Ashton Nichols

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

Contact Information

Leave of absence Fall 2019

nicholsa@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall 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

Awards

  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1992-1993. Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1993-1994

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.