Professor Van Noy earned his BA from The Colorado College and his MA from Western Washington University, and completed his PhD from Case Western Reserve University. After teaching at an independent high school for two years, he served as a technical writer for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. During the spring semester of 2003, Van Noy was a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. "That experience really expanded my notion of audience, making that of other cultures real. Van Noy's book, Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003), is available through the University of Nevada Press. A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons will be available in the spring of of 2008 through the University of Georgia Press. He has discussed the project on With Good Reason. Van Noy teaches American literature, environmental literature, creative nonfiction, and professional writing.