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 bachelor's 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 U.S. 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.

An authority on the literature of war, he has also taught courses in composition and speech, as well as British, American, and contemporary literature.  His 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. For more than a decade, he served as an associate editor, then as the managing editor, of "War, Literature, & the Arts", an international journal of the humanities.  His essay on Hemingway and the resonance of war “in our time” was published in "War and Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings" by Kent State University Press in 2014.   Bowie’s research interests also include 20th century Catholic literature and his recent publications feature several essays on the literary non-fiction of Andre Dubus.

An active participant in the national dialogue concerning the future of higher education, Bowie has presented at national conferences (such as AAC&U) on interdisciplinary education, particularly as such integrative efforts intersect with our evolving understanding of what best constitutes a formative educational experience in the 21st century.  Based upon his expertise in this area, he served as the project leader on a faculty development grant sponsored by the W.M. Keck Foundation.  As the director of the Integrative Teaching Institute from 2011-2014,  Bowie helped develop the integrative capacity of two-thirds of the Regis College faculty through an innovative summer institute, which ultimately enabled thousands of students to think creatively and critically across disciplines as they worked collaboratively to seek solutions to timeless problems.  Bowie became the Academic Dean of Regis College on June 1st, 2014.

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.

Advisor/Moderator of the Year, 2008-2009.  Award presented by the Student Body of Regis University for exemplary mentoring.

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.

Permanent Professor of English and Fine Arts,  1999-2004. Presidential appointment, confirmed by the Senate, to serve as department chair of the English and Fine Arts Department at the Air Force Academy.