William Doyle headshot

William Doyle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Residence, English

RLL 151
Mail Code


Bill Doyle (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville) is an associate professor in residence in the Honors College. He teaches first year seminar courses (HON 105), second year seminar courses (HON 110), writing composition (HON 100), and HON 400-level seminars on travel writing, nature writing, children’s literature, and contemporary food studies.

Dr. Doyle’s teaching and research interests include nature writing, travel writing, and food studies. This work has led him to explore the swamps of Southwest Florida, consider the rhetorical and ethical impact of food documentaries like Food, Inc. and Fresh, and interview food bloggers about their approaches to social media and writing. Dr. Doyle is particularly interested in getting students out of the classroom to explore issues of place, space, and environment. In the past, this has meant visiting farms, food banks, restaurants, and groceries to explore various parts of the food system, but the approach also encourages students to consider the places where they live, work, learn, play, and ignore.

Dr. Doyle manages the Honors College planter as part of UNLV’s Community Garden, inspiring students to participate and donate food to the UNLV Food Bank. Since 2018, he has served on UNLV’s Community Engagement Council. Dr. Doyle is active with the National Collegiate Honors Council, presenting at annual conferences, coaching students who present, and judging posters. In recognition of his dedication as an educator and colleague, Dr. Doyle received the 2022 Honors College Service Award.

Honors Courses Taught

  • HON 100 – Honors Rhetoric
  • HON 105 – Honors Orientation Seminar
  • HON 110 – World Thought and Experience
  • HON 410 – We are What we Eat: Contemporary Food Studies
  • HON 410 – The Nature of Las Vegas & the West
  • HON 410 – Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • HON 430 – International Travel Writing