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Schaefer, Jason Brandt



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research overview

  • Jason Brandt Schaefer has expertise in creative writing (specifically in writing fiction, personal essay, and poetry) and music (specifically songwriting, live performance, vocal performance, and instrumental performance on saxophone and electric guitar). Schaefer is currently invested in the study of environmental literature and the history of the American West from the perspective of pre-Columbian indigenous peoples, their lifestyles and cultures, and their interactions with settlers during the era of westward expansion. As a musician, Schaefer is learning best practices in the development and leadership of a performing rock band, and contemporary conventions in the development, creation, sale, and distribution of music and merchandise in the recording industry. Schaefer is also currently studying the styles and lyrics of contemporary cross-genre singer/songwriters working in the funk, folk, rock, jazz, and blues genres.


  • Fiction, Novel, Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Journalism, Personal Essay, Memoir, Environmental Writing, Live Music, Guitar Performance, Saxophone Performance, Singing Performance, Songwriting, Interdisciplinary Art, Text-Based Visual Art, Concrete Poetry, American History, Texas History, American West, Environmental Literature, American Western Migration, Westward Expansion


courses taught

  • ENGL 1001 - Freshman Writing Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Provides training and practice in writing and critical thinking. Focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Provides numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision.
  • ENGL 1191 - Introduction to Creative Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Introduces techniques of fiction and poetry. Student work is scrutinized by the instructor and may be discussed in a workshop atmosphere with other students. May not be taken concurrently with ENGL 2021 or ENGL 2051. May not be repeated.
  • ENGL 1230 - Environmental Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces students to the tradition of nature writing dating from Romanticism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Students will study key terms and concepts related to the environment such as anthropocentrism, bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental justice, deep ecology, and posthumanism. They will apply them to different literary genres toward developing critical analyses and environmental readings.
  • ENGL 1420 - Poetry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces students to how to read a poem by examining the great variety of poems written and composed in English from the very beginning of the English language until recently.
  • ENGL 2021 - Introductory Poetry Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Introductory course in poetry writing. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 2051 - Introductory Fiction Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Introductory course in fiction writing. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.