William Major

William Major headshot

Interim Associate Dean; Department of English Chair; Professor of English


Hillyer College
860.768.4935 Hillyer Hall 268

PhD in American literature Indiana University-Bloomington

MA in English, Rutgers-Camden

BA in English, University of Kentucky

William Major is the interim associate dean for Hillyer College, Department of English chair and a professor of English. He teaches several of the department's classes, including English Composition and Literature, American Literature, and American Environmental Literature.

"I enjoy watching students grow and develop their intellectual abilities," Major says when describing teaching Hillyer students.

Major's research interests include:

  • Empathy and literature
  • Environmental theory and ecocriticism
  • New agrarianism

Grounded Vision: New Agrarianism and the Academy  (University of Alabama Press, 2011)

Articles and essays in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Environmental Humanities, Arizona Quarterly, Mosaic, Journal of Narrative Theory, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Liberal Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed