Phillip A Snyder

Associate Professor, English

4179 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, Teacher of the Year in English (Student Alumni Association) 1993 and 1998

Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011


Literatures and Cultures of the American West

Cormac McCarthy

Creative Nonfiction

Selected Publications

  • “Modernism, Postmodernism, and Language: McCarthy’s Style” (Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy) 2013 (with Delys Snyder)
  • “Disappearance in Blood Meridian” (Western American Literature) 2009
  • Post-Manifesto Polygamy (USU P) 2009 (with Lu Ann Snyder)
  • “Hospitality in The Road” (The Cormac McCarthy Journal) 2008
  • “Cowboy Codes in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy” (A Cormac McCarthy Companion, UP of Mississippi) 2001
  • “Hurston’s Dust Tracks: Artist and Autobiography” (Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, G. K. Hall) 1998
  • “Chew the Coca, Take the Valium” (American Literary Review) 2017
  • “Rental Horses” (Sport Literate) 2015
  • “Fishing Familial Waters: A Personal Essay.” (Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America, U of Tennessee P.) 2009


What distinguishes BYU’s College of Humanities and Department of English from such colleges and departments at other universities may center on their professors’ willingness to be of service to the department, college, and university without the normal remuneration for such service. Moreover, there is a widespread collegiality and collaboration throughout the college and department that lifts everyone up. I’ve always tried to be fully engaged in that endeavor throughout my career.

Citizenship assignments

  • English Department Chair (2012-2017)
  • American Studies Coordinator (2001-2005)
  • English Department Graduate Coordinator (2006-2009)
  • FAC Representative for College of Humanities (2005-2008)
  • Director, London Centre Study Abroad (Summer & Fall 2017)
  • Associate Director, London Centre Study Abroad (Fall 2003)
  • Director, London Theatre Program (Spring 2012)
  • Associate Director, London Theatre Program (Spring 2011)