In an era defined by imaginative crises such as the failure to conceive the end of capitalism or the scales of climate change, the inadequacy of our conceptual frames cannot be resolved with mere data. We need stories that rivet, devastate, redefine. My teaching and research are dedicated to the exigency of the narrative imagination to elucidate and personalize what STEM research quantifies.
The environmental humanities help us conceive the realities of climate change through reflection, empathy, and close reading. These practices ask us to engage across forms of difference and critically consider the complex – and changing – meanings of being human.
My pedagogy is also informed by:
- Master’s degree in Education, and two Master’s degrees in English
- Fifteen years of teaching experience, including instruction of secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and nontraditional students, as well as other teachers.
- Training in implicit bias recognition, teaching race and ethnicity, the interdisciplinary pedagogy of Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Across the Disciplines, and in the National Writing Project, as well as the methods of genealogy, American studies and culture studies.
- Awards from the Fulbright Program, Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon’s highest recognition – Outstanding Teacher of Composition – for my course on environmental writing . I was also nominated for the University of Oregon’s Diversity and Equity award.
Useful Teaching Resources:
- Books that will change the way you (and your students) look at land
- Yale Climate Connections
- ASLE teaching resources
- First day activities that create a climate of learning
Inspiring examples of art-ivism on climate change:
- The Center for Land Use Interpretation
- “Is this how you feel?” Scientists’ micro-memoirs on climate change
- Zina Saro-Wiwa’s “The Turquoise Meat Inside” and why we must “decolonize environmentalism.”
- Dear Climate
- 18 artists on climate change and conservation
- The Yes Men and scholarship on them from Heather Davis, Nicole Seymour, and Shelley Streetby (and so many others!)
Some favorite syllabi: