English Department $ Brigham Young UniversityBIdaho $ Rexburg, ID 83460-4540

                                                                 Phone (208) 496-1514 $ E-Mail birdr@byui.edu


                   Dr. Robert R. Bird

Professional Experience



English Faculty, Brigham Young UniversityBIdaho, 1992-present

Teach  English 440: Advanced Literary Theory

             English 350R:  Themes in Literature 

             English 334: Colonial and Romantic American Literature

             English 311:  Critical Reading and Advanced Writing

             Philosophy 201:  Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

             Philosophy 110:  Introduction to Philosophy

             Foundations 101: Foundations of Writing and Reasoning

Chair of the Literary Studies Committee 2002-2004, 2007-present

Chair of the University Forum Committee 2002-2005

Chair of the English Department Scholarship Committee 1997-2001

Member of the University Forum Committee 1999-2002

Member of the University Assessment Committee 2000-2001

Member of various Faculty Status Committees 1997-2007


Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Utah State University, 1992

Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Salt Lake Community College, 1990-1992         




Doctor of Arts, English, Idaho State University, 1998

Completed interdisciplinary component in philosophy


Master of Arts, English, University of Utah, 1991

Received honors evaluation on comprehensive examination


Bachelor of Arts, English, Brigham Young University, 1990

Graduated cum laude, Trustee Scholar, Minor: Spanish language and literature


Publications and Conference Presentations


“Preface.” I Think. Ed. Kip Hartvigsen. Rexburg: BYU-I UP, 2008.


        Foreword.  Untitled. By Jack Harrell.  Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2010.


“’Aiming above the Mark’:  Emerson and the Aristotelian Mean.”    Unpublished

Manuscript, 2007.          


ASocratic Questioning in the Classroom.@ Perspective Fall (2002) 2.3: 7-11.


AMormon Postmodernism: Worlds without End in Card=s Lost Boys and Young=s Salvador.@

                Dialogue: A Journal for Mormon Thought Fall (1999) 32.3: 55-62.


APeer Evaluation in the Composition Classroom.@  Presented at the Conference on College Composition

                and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999.


AHuman Identity in Christopher Marlowe=s Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, and Doctor Faustus.@ Presented

at Fourth International Christopher Marlowe Conference, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England,



Professional Activities




Academic Travel Study Faculty Director, 2005-2008.

Helped lead 35 students and taught American literature in month long travel

 study through the Mid-Atlantic States and New England


The Dimensions of Critical Thinking, participant

Sonoma State University, summer, 2002


National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, participant

AThe Origins of Islam,@ University of Chicago, summer, 2000