Hal Crimmel

Dr. Hal Crimmel, Brady Distinguished Professor of English
Chair, Department of English Language & Literature

Office: EH 435A
Phone: 801-626-8044
Email: hcrimmel@weber.edu

Research and Teaching Areas:

Environmental Literature and Criticism, Western American Literature, 
Place-Based Pedagogy, Creative Nonfiction

Degrees and years awarded:

A.B., Colby College (1988); M.A., State University of New York at Albany (1993); Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany (1997)   

Recent Graduate Courses:

MENG 6710 Western American Literature
MENG 6610 Writing and Drawing on the Land (Travel Study in Montana and Utah)
MENG 6610 Creative Writing in the Desert (Travel Study in Colorado and Utah)
MENG 6510 Eminent Authors: Edward Abbey and Annie Proulx
MENG 6510 Eminent Authors: Hemingway
MENG 6030 Ecocriticism and Nature Writing
MENG 6010 Introduction to Graduate Studies

Recent Undergraduate Courses:

English 4550, American Literature: Contemporary
English 4530, American Literature: Realism and Naturalism
Honors 3900, Water: Resource, Issue, Metaphor
English 3520, Literature of the Natural World
English 3350, Creative Writing in the Desert (Travel Study in Colorado and Utah)
English 3080, Critical Approaches to Literature
Honors 2120, Environmental Issues: Land, Water, Air
Honors 1540: Wilderness and American Literature
Honors 1540: Place, Landscape Painting and American Literature


Selected Publications:
  • “Time and Chance on a High Desert River.” Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments 30 (Fall 2012). 
  • “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: Western American Literature and Ecocriticism.” A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West. Ed. Nicholas S. Witschi. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011. 367-79. (Book named by Choice as an "Outstanding Academic Title” for 2011).
  • “A Search for Whitewater.” Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota’s Wild Places. Ed. Daniel J. Philippon. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 115-119. Rpt. from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer 65, (March-April 2002).
  • “Born Under a Bad Sign: The Question of Geographical Determinism in the Northern Borderlands of Heart Songs and Other Stories.” The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx: Rethinking Regionalism, Ed. Alex Hunt. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 63-72.
  • Wings of Thunder. (Documentary film). Premiered at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, on June 19, 2009. Screenwriting credit with Al Trout and Martha Moench.
  •  “Teaching About Place in an Era of Geographical Detachment.” Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land. Eds. Christensen and Crimmel. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008. 
  • “Place-Based Courses and Teaching Literature Outdoors: An Overview.” Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Eds. Christensen, Long, Waage. New York: MLA, 2008. 335-344. 
  • “A Place in the Sun: A Northerner Meets the Desert West.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 13.1 (Winter 2006).
  • “Into the Whitewater’s Song.” River Reflections. Ed. Verne Huser. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005. Rpt. from Weber Studies: Voices and Viewpoints of the American West 19.1 (2001).
  • “Trekking in the Seat of the Gods.” Organization & Environment, 16:3 (September 2003). 
  •  “No Place for ‘Little Children and Tender, Pulpy People’: John Muir in Alaska.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 92 (Fall 2001).
  •  “Light: A Meditation on the Winter Solstice.”  South Dakota Review, 38:3 (Fall 2000). -- Nominated for inclusion in Best American Essays 2000.  

Guest Professorships and Fellowships:

  • Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany, Spring 2015.
  • Department of American Studies, Ludwigs-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany, Fall 2011.
  • College of Finance, Shanghai Normal University, China, 2009.
  • Fulbright Lecturer, Department of English and American Studies, University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria, Spring 2004.

Awards, Service, Affiliations:

  • Program Director, Master of Arts in English Program, 2012-2015
  • Chair, WSU Faculty Senate Environmental Issues Committee, 2009-2012; Spring 2013
  • Weber State University College of Arts & Humanities Endowed Scholar, 2006-2009
  • Chair, Fulbright Teacher Exchange Peer Review Committee, 2005-2010
  • Gwen Williams Prize, Weber State University, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Peer Reviewer (Literature), 2005-2008
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Western Literature Association