Dr. Noverr has served as chairperson of the Department of American Thought and Language since 1995. He is the co-author or editor of books on American painting and poetry, sports history, film history and studies. He is an associate editor of volumes I and II of The Journalism in the Collected Writings of Walt Whitman (1998, 2003), and an advisory editor of The Guide to United States Popular Culture (2002). His published book chapters and articles cover such areas as nineteenth-century American literature and culture; popular literature and historical fiction; sports literature and films; issues of sports and society; American film; and popular culture. He has given papers at more than ten international conferences and is currently working on issues of globalization and the internationalization of popular culture studies. He served as President of the Popular Culture Association from 1997-1999 and is the director of the organization's Endowment Fund and coordinator of its grants programs.

His current research project is researching and writing volume III of Michigan State University's Sesquicentennial Histories, covering 1968 to the present. He is a member of the core faculty of the American Studies program and has taught American studies graduate courses and upper-level film courses in the English department. For the Integrative Arts and Humanities program, he developed and taught a course on American regional cultures. He has recently developed curriculum for and taught the tier 1 course Writing: Science and Technology. He also serves as the coordinator for the departmentís New York Times Readership Program, now in its fifth year and involving over 300 students each semester.