Paul Formisano

Paul Formisano

Director of Writing / Assistant Professor

ENGLISH

Dakota Hall 226

Phone: (605) 677-5486

Email: Paul.Formisano@usd.edu

Teaching Interests:

Environmental and Western American Literature; 19th Century American Literature; Rhetoric and Composition


Research Interests:

Environmental Literature and Rhetoric; Western American Literature; Western Water Management; River Literature


Education:

  • Ph D, English, University of New Mexico, 2012
  • MA, English, University of Nevada, Reno, 2005
  • BA, Humanities, Brigham Young University, 2002

Research:

  • John Topham and Susan Reed Butler Award, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, (2016 - 2016)

Grants:

  • Sustainable Rivers: Integrating Earth Science & Sustainability Across the Curriculum, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Supporting. (2015 - 2016)
  • Discussion Grant, South Dakota Humanities Council. (2015 - 2015)
  • Discussion Grant, South Dakota Humanities Council. (2013 - 2013)

Publications:

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  • Formisano, Paul. "Navigating Unsettled Waters: Old West Meets New West In Women's Colorado River Boating Narratives". Edited by Stefano Rosso, 44-56. Vol. 7, Iss. Summer 2016. Iperstoria, 2016.
  • Formisano, Paul. "'It had all become a natural condition': California's Garden Movement, Land Eugenics, and Naturalization in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland", 71-100. Vol. 51, Iss. 1. Western American Literature, 2016. (DOI: 10.1353/wal.2016.0027)
  • Formisano, Paul. "The Paradox of Desert Writing: Bridging Epistemological and Discursive Gaps in Craig Childs' The Secret Knowledge of Water". Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 2016.
  • Formisano, Paul. "Presley's Pauses: Unearthing Force in California's Land and Water Regimes and Frank Norris's The Octopus", 1-18. Vol. 7, Iss. 1. The Journal of Ecocriticism, 2015.
  • Formisano, Paul. Review of The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment, 685-87. Vol. 22, Iss. 3. Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment (ISLE), 2015. (DOI: 10.1093/isle/ISV063)
  • Formisano, Paul. Review of Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River, 209-210. Vol. 19, Iss. 1/Winter 2012. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), 2012. (DOI: 10.1093/isle/isr114)
  • Jarchow, Meghann, Formisano, Paul, Nordyke, Shane, and Sayre, Matthew. "Measuring Longitudinal Student Performance on Student Learning Outcomes in Sustainability Education". International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • Formisano, Paul. "Shifting Tides: A Literary Exploration of the Colorado River Delta". In Water Natures and Cultures: Critical Essays on Water in Contemporary Literature and Film, edited by Paula Farca. University of Nevada Press.
  • Formisano, Paul. Ecocriticism. In The Critical Experience: Reading, Writing, and Criticism, edited by Gail Houston and David Cowles. Palgrave (pending).

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, 2017
  • Faculty Travel Grant, College of Arts & Sciences, 2016
  • John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Award, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2016
  • Faculty Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, 2015
  • College of A&S Curriculum Transformation Grant, 2014
  • Faculty Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, 2013
  • Discussion Grant, South Dakota Humanities Council, 2013
  • Mobile Computing Grant (declined), Center for Teaching and Learning, 2013
  • Faculty Appreciation, Women's Soccer Team, 2012
  • Faculty Travel Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, 2012

Presentations:

  • Formisano, Paul. Dammed Indians: Reclamation and Displacement in the Novels of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Presented at the Western Literature Association, Minneapolis, MN. (October 27, 2017)
  • Formisano, Paul. Haunted by Waters: Recovering the Literature of the Lost along America's Dammed Rivers. Presented at the Humanities Research Forum. (October 11, 2017)
  • Formisano, Paul. Recovering Voices of Resistance: Literature, Archives, and the Legacy of Dams. Presented at the Association for Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Detroit, MI. (June 22, 2017)
  • Formisano, Paul. "The (Im)Possibilities of Restoration in the Colorado River Delta". Presented at the John R. Milton Conference, Vermillion. (October 29, 2016)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Navajo Dam and the San Juan River: A Study of Conflict and Endurance". Presented at the Under Western Skies, Calgary, AB, Canada. (September 27, 2016)
  • Jarchow, Meghann, Sayre, Matthew, Nordyke, Shane, Formisano, Paul. Assessing student learning outcomes of sustainability. Presented at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference, Minneapolis, MN. (October 26, 2015)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Charting Unsettled Waters: Old West Meets New West in Women's Colorado River Rafting Narratives". Presented at the Western Literature Association, Reno, NV. (October 17, 2015)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Voices from the Deep: Literature of the Lost, Environmental Justice, and Navajo Dam". Presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Moscow, ID. (June 25, 2015)
  • Jarchow, Meghann, Sayre, Matthew, Nordyke, Shane, Formisano, Paul. Assessing student learning outcomes for sustainability: Curriculum mapping. Presented at the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability biannual conference, Bemidji, MN. (June 18, 2015)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Sons of Ditches: Changing Water Regimes in Frank Norris's The Octopus". Presented at the Western Literature Association , Victoria, BC. (November 7, 2014)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Imperial Dreams: California Agriculture and The Winning of Barbara Worth". Presented at the Western Literature Association, Berkeley, CA. (October 12, 2013)
  • Formisano, Paul. "Toward a New Western Rhetoric: Seeking Sustainability through Divergent Discourse". Presented at the Environmental Ethics Initiative, Provo, UT. (November 9, 2012)