B.A., Antioch College
Ph.D., University of Washington
|Classes Taught||College Comp I - II, Honors English, Connections: Carmen, Connections: Sense of Place, Connections: The Modern Southwest, & other Connections courses, English Literature, Images of the Southwest: Edward Abbey, Zane Grey, & Tony Hillerman, Literature of the Grand Canyon, Literature of the Southwest, Majors Issues in English Literature, Western Civilization I - III|
Rawlings, Donn. "Abbey's Essays: One Man's Quest for Solid Ground." The Living Wilderness June 1980: 44-46. Print.
Rawlings, Donn. "Anarchic Dreams in Ed Abbey's Southwest." The Living Wilderness December 1976: 40-42. Print.
Rawlings, Donn. "Coyote in the Maze: Eighteen Critics Track Edward Abbey." Western American Literature. 33.4 (1999): 404-416. Print.
Rawlings, Donn. "Essay Review - Kate Horsley's New Mexico Trilogy: Masks of Ambivalence in the Southwest." Western American Literature. 39.1 (2004): 105-120. Print.
Rawlings, Carl D. Prophecy in the Novel. Diss. University of Washington, 1973. Print.
Dr. Donn Rawlings started teaching English at Yavapai College in 1985. Over the course of his career at the college, he taught a wide variety of English courses, Connections (Liberal Studies Core) classes and Western Civilization classes. He seemed to be very willing to teach courses in the many areas of his expertise and interests and to partner with his peers to provide relevant courses for the students.
He enjoyed the collegiality among the faculty when he first came and thought opportunities for the faculty to get beyond their own discipline strengthened them as teachers, strengthened the college as a true learning institution, and improved the learning experience for students. He felt his greatest challenge during his career here was to maintain that collegial atmosphere.
Donn’s leadership abilities were manifested early on when he became the Division Chair of the English and Mathematics Division his second semester at Yavapai (spring 1986). When the alignment of the divisions changed, English was merged with Liberal Arts. Part of the time that configuration existed he was Chair of the English Department. When the Communications Division was formed, he became its Division Chair and remained in that position until his retirement in 2001. He viewed his job as Chair as being a shield allowing the faculty under him to do their jobs. Besides leading the Division, numerous faculty members considered Dr. Rawlings a mentor.
Under his leadership in English and Communications,
Dr. Rawlings retired in 2001 and was given Emeritus Faculty status.
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