Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner

The chair is expected to work in residence on her/his research project and share in the intellectual community of the department. We are a well-published, friendly department with a thriving graduate program situated in a spectacular mountain environment. The chair will also present the annual Wallace Stegner Lecture usually held in the Spring semester.

Stegner Chair

A Message from Dr. Fiege

I’m pleased and honored to serve as the Stegner Professor.

My first goal is to support the faculty members in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in their efforts to advance their scholarship and develop their undergraduate and graduate programs.  Related to that, I’m here to help the department’s graduate students with their scholarship and introduce them to new ideas that they might find exciting and useful. The Stegner Seminar will be a means to that end and will center on reading, discussion, and direct engagement with a series of visiting speakers called the Friends of Stegner, a group that includes Fredrik Jonsson and Vicky Albritton from the University of Chicago, Marsha Weisiger from the University of Oregon, and Nancy Langston from Michigan Technological University.

I’m also using my time in the Stegner Chair to work on a book project tentatively titled Elegant Conservation: Recovering Community, Connectivity, and Continuity in a Time of Unprecedented Uncertainty. This project, which will be the subject of the Stegner Lecture on the evening of Wednesday, March 25 at the Museum of the Rockies, examines the history and future prospects of more holistic, process-oriented, socially responsive approaches to conservation that began to take shape in the 1990s.

Montana State University is a wonderful university with a beautiful campus in a stunning landscape, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be here with such fine colleagues, students, and friends.