Professional Bio

Ph.D., English, Brown University, 1989

M.A., Strategic Studies, Air War College, 1999

M.A., English, University of Denver, 1984

B.S., Humanities, United States Air Force Academy, 1976

Thomas G. Bowie, Jr., holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a master's from Denver University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Brown University. In 2004, he retired as a colonel after serving over 28 years with the US Air Force, including three assignments to the Department of English and Fine Arts at the Air Force Academy, where he served for four years as department chair.

Dr. Bowie's research and publications focus on the human dimension of conflict, on personal narratives that bear witness to modern war, and on the journey toward reconciliation that inevitably follows such conflicts.

Dr. Bowie began directing the honors program at Regis University during the fall of 2004. Featuring just over 140 students, the honors program challenges students in the top 10% of each entering class by providing a team-taught curriculum that stresses interdisciplinary study, small group interaction and individual student initiative.

Research & Scholarship

Publications and Editorial Work

"An I for an Eye: Edmund Blunden's War." War, Literature, and the Arts. 5.2 (Fall/Winter 1993). (critical essay in a journal)

"Reconciling Vietnam: Tim O'Brien‟s Narrative Journey." The United States and Viet Nam: Reconciliation Issues. Boston: McFarland, 1996. (critical essay in a book)

"Every day I'm always on patrol: Bill Ehrhart's Journey Home." War, Literature, and the Arts. 8.2 (Fall/Winter 1996). (critical essay in a journal)

Guest editor, War, Literature, and the Arts. 10.2 (Fall/Winter 1998). Special issue (400+ pages) focusing on literature and art of the Vietnam War.

"Dereliction of Duty or The Wrong War?: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam." War, Literature, and the Arts. 11.1 (Spring/Summer 1999). (commentary essay in a journal)

"Still Counting the Days of Our Longest War." War, Literature, and the Arts. 11.2 (Fall/Winter 1999). (commentary essay in a journal)

"Philip Caputo: A Rumor of War: A Conversation with Philip Caputo at 58." War, Literature, and the Arts. 12.1 (Spring/Summer 2000). (interview published in a journal)

"Witness to Death and Life: The Literary Nonfiction of Andre Dubus." Andre Dubus: Tributes. Ed: Donald Anderson. New Orleans: Xavier UP, 2001. (critical essay in a book)

"Mere men, rushing to grace." Landscape and Epiphany. Ed. Donna Marie Gould. New Orleans: Xavier Review Press, 2007. (Essay in an anthology. Although the copyright is 2007, the actual publication came out summer of 2008 after all the delays associated with Katrina.)

"Haunted ever by war's agony": Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War." War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. 20.1&2, Twentieth Anniversary Edition (2008). (keynote essay for twentieth anniversary edition of the journal)

"Memory and Meaning: The Need for Narrative," Reflections on the Symposium “Twentieth Century Warfare and American Memory,” Regis University: November 13 and 14, 2009. Guest editor for this section of WLA and author of the lead article. War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. 23.1&2, (2011).

"Discerning the Genuine from the Counterfeit." Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, Spring 2011, No. 39. Co-authored with Nicholas Miller from Loyola University Maryland. (Invited article for issue focused on excellence in higher education.)

"Essential Characteristics of Jesuit Honors Program." Co-author and editor for this important AJCU policy statement, adopted by the AJCU honors community May 2012.

"Stories Matter: A Conversation with Alex Kershaw," War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. 25.1&2, (2013). (commentary essay and interview with NYT best-selling author focused on his most recent book, The Liberator, Random House, 2012.)

"The Need for Narrative In Our Time: Hemingway's Tragic Adventure" and Regis University's "Stories from Wartime." War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway's Early Life and Writings. Ed. By Steven Trout, Gail Sinclair, and Steve Paul. Kent State UP, 2013. (forthcoming critical essay in a collection of essays)

War, Literature, and the Arts, an International Journal of the Humanities, published semiannually, Associate Editor 1993-98, Managing Editor 1999-2002. With subscribers in all regions of the US, as well as in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, and France, WLA has filled a scholarly publishing void. WLA is indexed in The American Humanities Index, Literary Criticism Register, The MLA International Bibliography, Film Literature Index, and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

Awards & Recognition

Regis College Dean's Outstanding Service Award, 2012-13. Award presented by the Dean of Regis College for exemplary service to the College and University.

Faculty Member of the Year, 2011-2012. Award presented by the Student Body of Regis University for exemplary teaching.

Director, Integrative Teaching Institute, 2010-present. Co-authored $250K grant application to the Keck Foundation (CA) with Dean Paul Ewald. Awarded grant the summer of 2011 (following two pilot seminars, May 2010 and 2011) to conduct faculty development workshops for the next three summers, reaching half the Regis College faculty over the term of the grant. Each workshop produces 15+ new/revised integrative core courses which faculty develop across four themes: diversity, justice, environment, and search for meaning.

Chair, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Honors Conference, 2010-present. Represents consortium of Jesuit honors programs to national AJCU body; updates national web site, attends annual conferences, and serves on planning committee for Conference Chairs meeting (Jan 2013 & 2014, Chicago) and attends Chairs Meeting.

Ignatian Colleagues Program, 2009-2010: Graduate from inaugural cohort of the ICP, June 2010. Eighteen month intensive emersion in Jesuit spirituality, history, pedagogy and service. Advisor/Moderator of the Year, 2008-2009. Award presented by the Student Body of Regis University for exemplary service as Honors Director.

Member, Regis University Graduate Scholarship Committee, fall 2006-present. Advises Provost‟s Office on graduate scholarship applications (such as Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, etc.); coordinates with representatives from all Regis colleges for scholarship interviews and institutional endorsement.

Co-Chair & Chair, Regis College Core and Curriculum Committee, fall 2009-2012. Chairs standing college committee charged with implementing revised Regis College Core (no duties during sabbatical year, 2010-11). Reviews core course proposals, faculty development funding grants, policy for all courses in the college core liberal arts program and all curriculum change proposals.

External Reviewer, University of Detroit-Mercy Honors Program, fall 2007. Reviewed self-study report and authored assessment report for provost.

External Reviewer, Loras College Honors Program, Jan 2007. Reviewed self-study report, conducted week-long campus visit, authored assessment report for provost.

Member, College Core and Curriculum Committee, fall 2006-2008, 2012-present. Serves as ex officio voting member of the committee, reviewing the college core liberal arts program and all curriculum change proposals.

Academic Unit Review (AUR) Coordinator & member of Academic Policy and Standards Council, Regis College, fall 2005-spring 2007. Coordinates all Academic Unit Reviews for Regis College with appropriate departments and programs. Consults with chairs and directors, schedules first and second readings, provides feedback to presenting departments, processes completed AURs for Dean, Provost, and APPC.

Member, Regis College Faculty Search Committees, fall 2005-present. Served on search committees for the Core Director, Assessment Director, Biology Department assistant professors (two searches), Philosophy Department assistant professors (two searches), Religious Studies Department assistant professors (two searches), Neuroscience assistant professor, Peace and Justice Department assistant professor, and Communications Department assistant professor and forensics coach.

External Tenure Reviewer, Kelly Younger, Loyola Marymount University, summer 2005. Served as external reviewer for Kelly Younger‟s tenure application to the English Department, LMU. Chosen because of my past experience as a department chair of an English Department, as well as for my expertise in directing honors programs and as a critic of the literature of conflict. Dr. Younger was granted tenure in May 2006.

Member, Regis College Faculty Advisor Group, spring 2005-present. Advises incoming freshmen and transfer students during May-June registration cycle for students matriculating the next fall. Advises all students enrolled in the honors program on honors program requirements, honors courses, scheduling, as well as provides more general advice on graduate or professional programs, graduate scholarships, internships, and professional development. Advises Regis College students enrolled in Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs through a cross-town arrangement with the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Advisor, Regis Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), spring 2005-present. Advises local chapter of this national honor society dedicated to fostering academic excellence, leadership, and service. Regis currently has just over 100 members. Mentors chapter leaders; attends chapter events and meetings when possible.

Member, Regis Advisory Boards and Committees, spring 2005-present. Served at various times as advisor on the Catholic Studies Advisory Committee, the Leadership Studies Advisory Committee, Peace and Justice Advisory Committee, and currently on the Board of Directors of the Regis Center for the Study of War Experience.

Chair, Accreditation Review Committee, US Naval Academy, spring 2002. At the invitation of the Dean, orchestrated mid-point review for the Naval Academy English Department, examining curriculum, personnel practices, pedagogy, programs, and institutional support. Authored final committee report. Coordinated the efforts of evaluators from Columbia and George Mason Universities.

Chair, Air Force Academy Sophomore Academic Review Committee, 2001-2002. Reviewed all academic deficiencies (over 100 each semester) and provided counseling and support to deficient students. When remediation failed, recommended disenrollment to the Academy Board.

Chair, Air Force Academy Admissions Panel, 2000-2002. Member, 1995-1998. Screened over 4,000 records each year for 1,200 appointments to the Academy. In this highly competitive process, the average high school GPA of the entering class was 3.9, with average SAT math scores of 670 and verbal scores of 640.

Air Force Academy Graduate Scholarships Committee, Humanities Division Representative, 1999-2002. Screened applicants for all graduate scholarships, including Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman scholarships, as well as fellowships at the Kennedy School of Government, the Draper Labs at MIT and Rice, and other top universities.

Air Force Academy Humanities Council Member, 1999-2002. Executive board for Humanities Division, overseeing curricular matters, budget negotiations, personnel actions, and academic promotions for four academic departments.

Air Force Academy International Programs Council, 1999-2000. Executive board managing all international students, international visits, and study opportunities abroad for the Dean of Faculty.

Air Force Academy Board of Directors, Faculty Forum, 1997-1998. Member, Faculty Forum, 1995-1997. Senior advisory body to Dean of Faculty, akin to a faculty senate at other institutions. Humanities Division representative (representing over 100 faculty).

Air Force Academy Graduate Scholarship Advisor, 1985-86, 1992-1998. Supervised application process for Truman and Kennedy School scholarships, oversaw the Rhodes essay writing process and interview preparation, and advised on a host of other scholarships.

Air Force Academy English Department Curriculum Committee, member and chair, 1992-2002.

Air Force Academy Executive Writing Program, 1992-2002. Over 50 presentations advocating clear, concise government writing to more than 8,000 DOD personnel.

Air Force Academy Forensics Judge for collegiate speech and debate tournaments, 1984-1986, 1992-1998, 1999-2002.