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English Department

Charles J. Nolan, Jr.

Professor

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 1973-1977                            Pennsylvania State University                                          Ph.D.(1977)
  • 1968-1969                            University of Illinois (Urbana)                                            A.M. (1969)
  • 1960-1964                            Saint Louis University (Magna Cum Laude)                     B.S. (1964)    

PROFILE

Charles J. Nolan, Jr., a professor of English at the U. S. Naval Academy, is the author of Aaron Burr and the American Literary Imagination (1980) as well as a number of articles in such journals as The Hemingway ReviewStudies in Short FictionThe Mark Twain JournalResources in American Literary StudyThe Chaucer Review, and College Literature.  He has served at different times as both department chair and as president of the Faculty Senate.

PROFESSIONAL DATA

Teaching

  • MLA Certificate of Excellence in Teaching of English [See PMLA, 86 (1971), 1050.]
  • Nominated for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year Award (1989)
  • Nominated for Naval Academy Teaching Excellence Award (2012) (2011) (2001) (1994)

Publications

Books

  • Aaron Burr and the American Literary Imagination (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1980).

Articles

  •  “Helen Ferguson and Friends in A Farewell to ArmsMidAmerica 43 (2016): 144-56.
  • “Hemingway’s Early Stories and Sketches.”  MidAmerica, 39 (2012): 54-64.
  • “’A Little Crazy’: Psychiatric Diagnoses of Three Hemingway Women Characters.” The Hemingway Review, 28.2 (2009): 105-20.
  • “The Importance of Hemingway’s ‘The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife.’”  Humanities Review (St. John’s University) 5.1 (2006): 15-24.
  • “Why We Keep Up.” The CEA Forum 35.2 (2006):  http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/352index.htm.
  • “Essential Questions: Keys to Meaning in Hemingway’s ‘The Mother of a Queen.’” South Atlantic Review 68.4 (2003): 85-94.
  • “Hemingway’s ‘The Sea Change’: What Close Reading and Evolutionary Psychology Reveal.” The Hemingway Review, 53:1 (2001): 53-67.
  • "'Out of Season': The Importance of Close Reading," The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, 53, No.2 (1999), 45-58, and The Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature, 53, No. 2 (1999), http://rmmla.wsu.edu/rmmla.
  •  "Hemingway's Puzzling Pursuit Race," Studies in Short Fiction, 34, No. 4 (1997), 481-91.
  • "'Ten Indians' and the Pleasures of Close Reading," The Hemingway Review, 15, No. 2 (1996), 67-77.
  • "Hemingway's Complicated 'Enquiry' in Men Without Women," Studies in Short Fiction, 32, No. 2 (1995), 217-22.
  • "Making Connections Through Literature," Literature and Life. Ed. Patricia Phelan.Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1990.
  •  "Heller's Small Debt to Hemingway," The Hemingway Review, 9, No. 1 (1989), 77-81.
  •  "Teaching at Night: Teaching That Counts," College Teaching, 36 (1988), 147-48.
  • (with David O. Tomlinson) "Mark Twain's Visit to Annapolis," Mark Twain Journal, 25, No. 2 (1987), 2-8.
  •  "Catherine Barkley: Hemingway's Scottish Heroine," The Hemingway Review, 7, No. 1 (1987), 43-44.
  •  "Hemingway's Women's Movement," rpt. in Ernest Hemingway: Six Decades of Criticism, ed Linda W. Wagner (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1987), pp.209-19.
  • "The Joys of Teaching," Journal of General Education, 36, No. 1 (1984 [1985]), 46-49.
  • "Shooting the Sergeant: Frederic Henry's Puzzling Action," College Literature, 11 (1984), 269-75.
  • "Hemingway's Women's Movement," The Hemingway Review, 3, No. 2 (1984), 14-22.
  • "Aaron Burr (1716-1757)," in American Writers Before 1800: A Biographical and Critical Dictionary, eds. James A. Levernier and Douglas Wilmes (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983), pp. 243-45.
  • "Freshman English Against Itself," Journal of General Education, 33 (1981), 219-25.
  • "Hemingway: The Writer as Researcher," Review, 2 (1980), 351-59. [A review essay]
  • "That Hideous Strength: Antidote to Modernism," Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, 11, No. 9 (1980), 5-6.
  • "Structural Sophistication in 'The Complaint unto Pity,'" Chaucer Review, 13 (1979), 363-72.
  • "Going Back to School," Journal of General Education, 31 (1979), 129-40.
  • "Lewis' 'Objective Room': Key to Aesthetics," Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, 10, No. 10 (1979), 5-6.
  • "Cotton Mather: An Essay in Bibliography," Resources for American Literary Study, 8, No. 1 (1978), 3-23.
  • "The Rhetorical End: 'Venus at St. Anne's,'" Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, 9, No. 1 (1977), 8-9.
  • "Francis Hopkinson: Probable Designer of the Nation's Flag," Pennsylvania 1776, ed Robert Secor (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1975), p. 329.
  • "The Child Motif in That Hideous Strength," Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, 5, No. 10 (1974), 5-7.
  • "Teaching Blake's 'The Sick Rose,'" Journal of English Teaching Techniques, 5, No. 4 (1972-73), 33-34.
  •  Contributor, Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Leeds, Great Britain: Modern Humanities Research Association, 1970-93. Volume 45 (1972)--Volume 68 (1993)

Reviews

  • Review of The Making of Tocqueville's Democracy in America, by James T. Schleifer, Journal of the Early Republic, 2 (1982), 336-37.
  • Review of The Richmond Stage, 1784-1812, by Martin Staples Shockley, Bulletin of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2, No. 3 (1980), 16-17.
  • Review of The Sex Radicals: Free Love in High Victorian America, by Hal D. Sears, The Arnoldian, 6, No. 2 (1979), 22-24.
  • Review of Magnalia Christi Americana: Books I and II, ed. Kenneth B. Murdock, Seventeenth-Century News, 36, No. 4 (1978), 91. 

Participation in Scholarly Meetings

  • Panel Speaker, 17th Biennial International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Oak Park, IL, 21 July 2016.
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, 31 March 2016.
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, 27 March 2015.
  • Panel Speaker, 16th Biennial International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Venice, Italy, 24 July 2014.         
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, 29 March 2014.
  • Panel Chair, College English Association Convention, 29 March 2014.                                  
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, 4-6 April 2013.
  • Panel Speaker, 15th Biennial International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Petoskey, Michigan, 19 June 2012.
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, March 2012.         
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, March 31-April 2, 2011.
  • Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, March 2010.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, March 2009.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, March 2008.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, April 2007.
  •  Panel Speaker, 12th International Hemingway Conference, June 2006 (Ronda, Spain).
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Conference, April 2006.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association of Ohio Conference, October 2005.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association, April 2005.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, April 2003.
  •  Chair of a Panel, College English Association Convention, April 2002.
  •  Panel Speaker, College English Association Convention, April 2001.
  •  Chair of a Panel, College English Association Convention, April 2000.
  •  Chair of a Panel, College English Association Convention, April 1999.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1999.
  • Chair, Fitzgerald and Hemingway Section, Northeast Modern Language Association, April 1997.
  • Chair of a Hemingway Panel, College English Association Convention, April 1997.
  • Chair of a Panel, College English Association Convention, April 1996.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 1996.
  • Panel Speaker, Northeast Modern Language Association, April 1995.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington, March 1995.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Nashville, 1994.
  • Panel Respondent to Gerald Graff, SAMLA, Knoxville, 1992.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Cincinnati, 1992.
  • Co-Chair of a Panel, Association of Departments of English Eastern Summer Seminar, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1991.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Boston, 1991.
  • Co-Chair of a Panel, Association of Departments of English Midwestern Summer Seminar, Bloomington, 1990.
  • Associate Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, 1990.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, Atlanta, 1989.
  • Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Seattle, 1989.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, New Orleans, 1988.
  • Associate Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, 1988.
  • Speaker, 1987-1988 Lecture Series--"It Happened Then: Maryland's Legacy"--St. John's College, Annapolis, 12 January 1988.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, Charleston, 1987.
  • Associate Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, 1987.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, Philadelphia, 1986.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, Cincinnati, 1985.
  • Speaker, Conference of the College English Association, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 1984.
  • Associate Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Detroit, 1983.
  • Speaker, Popular Culture Association in the South, Atlanta, 1982.
  • Associate Chair of a Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, 1982.
  • Speaker, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Dallas, 1981.
  • Speaker, Popular Culture Association in the South, Winston-Salem, 1980.
  • Chair, American Romanticism Section, Northeast Modern Language Association Meeting, 1980.
  • Chair, Literature and Composition Section, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1979.
  • Speaker, American Romanticism Section, Northeast Modern Language Association Meeting, 1979.
  • Speaker, The English Colloquium, Pennsylvania State University, 1977. 
  • Speaker, The Ohio Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1976.
  • Speaker, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1973.
  • Speaker, Convention of the National Association for Humanities Education, 1972.
  • Speaker, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1972.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Naval Academy Research Council Grants, 1994, 1996, 1997,1998, 1999, 2000.
  • Naval Academy Research Council Grant, 1989. (Subsequently declined when elected Department Chair).
  • Naval Academy Research Council Grant, 1978.
  • Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship (for Graduate Study), Pennsylvania State University, 1976-77.
  • Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship (for Graduate Study), Pennsylvania State University, 1974-75. (Declined for  financial reasons).
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 1974-75. (Declined for financial reasons).
  • NDEA Fellowship (for Graduate Study), Pennsylvania State University, 1973-74.

Administrative Experience

  • Chair, Accreditation Self-Study Committee on Leadership and Governance, Administration, and Integrity, United States Naval Academy, 2003-06.
  • Co-chair, Naval Academy Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1998-99; 2009-11.
  • President, U. S. Naval Academy Faculty Senate, 1997-98.
  • Chair, College-wide Committee to Review the USNA Honor Concept, July-November 1993.
  • Chair, Department of English, United States Naval Academy, 1989-93.
  • Chair, English Department Curriculum Coordinating Committee, United States Naval Academy, 1986-88.
  • Chair, English Department Upper Division Curriculum Committee, United States Naval Academy, 1984-88.
  • Vice Chair, Accreditation Self-Study Committee on Admissions, United States Naval Academy, 1984-85.
  • Administrative Intern to the Academic Dean, United States Naval Academy, 1983-84.
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Communication Skills, United States Naval Academy, 1983.
  • Director, Freshman English, United States Naval Academy, 1978-81.
  • Director, Advanced Writing, United States Naval Academy,1977-78.

Academic Service 

  • Member, Naval Academy Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2005-09.  Co-chair, 2009-11.
  •  Member, Search Committee for the Naval Academy Registrar, 2004.
  •  Co-Chair, Naval Academy Promotion and Tenure Committee,1998-99, 2009-11.
  • Member, Search Committee for the Director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics, 1998.
  • Won the Naval Academy Excellence in Service Award (1997).
  • Member, Search Committee for Dean of Admissions, 1996.
  • Nominated for the Naval Academy Excellence in Service Award (1995).
  • Member, Naval Academy Faculty Senate, 1994-present.
    • President, 1997-1998.
    • Vice-President, 1996-1997.
  • Chair, Academic Affairs Committee, 1999-2005; 2012-Present.
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Professional/Academic Ethics and Standards, 1995-96.
  • Member, Naval Academy Committee on Character Development,1994-present.
  • Member, Naval Academy Admissions Board, 1993-96.
  • Member, Search Committee for the Academic Dean, 1988-89.
  • Member, United States Naval Academy Rhodes Scholar Committee, 1980-89; 1993-present.
  • Member, Screening Committee for Hiring the Director of Research, United States Naval Academy, 1985.
  • Member, English Department Pay, Promotion, and Retention Committee, United States Naval Academy, 1980-83;1985-89; 1993-present.  Chair, 2011-present.
  • Member, English Department Hiring Committee, United States Naval Academy, 1983.
  • Member, United States Naval Academy Faculty Forum, 1979-81.

Other

  • Member, Administrative Council, South Atlantic Association of Departments of English (SAADE) 1991-93.
  • Panelist, NEH, Younger Scholars Program, 1987.
  • Elected Member, MLA Delegate Assembly, 1981-83, 2001-03.
  • Judge, National Council of Teachers of English  Achievement Awards, 1972-79.
  • Co-editor and Judge, Icarus (A magazine of USAF Academy  Cadet Writing).Co-editor (1973); Judge (1969-72).
  • Elected to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1975).

Educational Employment

1977-Present  UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY      Rank: Professor

Courses Taught:

  • Literature Courses:
    • American Literature 1945-Present
    • American Literature 1914-1945 
    • America's Literary Coming of Age, 1860-1920
    • Literature of the American Dream, 1620-1860
    • Studies in a Literary Figure: Hemingway
  • Genre Courses:
    • Types of Fiction
    • Forms of Poetry
  • Writing Courses:
    • Advanced Writing
    • Professional Writing
    • Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature

1976-1977  EDWIN EARLE SPARKS FELLOW  (Penn State University)

1974-1976  TEACHING ASSISTANT (Penn State University)

Courses Taught:

  • Technical Writing
  • Writing of Ideas
  • Composition and Rhetoric

1973-1974  NDEA FELLOW (Penn State University)      

1969-1973 UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY      Highest Rank: Assistant Professor

Courses Taught:

  • Literature Courses:
    • Modern Literature 
    • Western World Literature
    •  The Voice of the Black Man in American Literature
    •  War and its Aftermath in Twentieth-Century American Fiction
  • Writing Courses:
    • Technical Writing and Speech
    • Advanced Composition and Speech
    • Writing Critical Papers (Tutorial)
    • Composition and Literature

1964-1968  USAF ACADEMY PREPARATORY SCHOOL      Rank: Instructor 

(A post-high-school institution whose English programs parallel those in the community colleges)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Composition
  • Developmental Reading
  • Survey of the Short Story
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Hemingway
  • Ibsen
  • Ideas and Issues: The Insights of the Humanities on Ideas and Issues of Western Life

Part-Time Teaching

1982-1990  JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

Courses Taught:

  • Hemingway In Our Time
  • Fiction: Form and Meaning
  • Nineteenth-Century American Authors I and II
  • Technical Writing
  • Composition

1980-1982  UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND (Baltimore County)

Courses Taught:

  • Intermediate Exposition
  • Composition

1979-1980  NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Annandale Campus)

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Composition

1967-1968  SOUTHERN COLORADO STATE COLLEGE (satellite campus)

Courses Taught:

  • Freshman Composition
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