My teaching and research are dedicated to what I call ‘Critical Environmental Justice Pedagogies’ – best practices for cultivating diversity and inclusion and teaching climate change (coined in concert with Robert Brulle and David Pellow’s concept, and Pellow’s 2017 book). These teaching strategies ask us to engage across forms of difference and critically consider the complex – and changing – meanings of being human. Email me for more information and a list of resources.
My pedagogy is also informed by my:
- 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, and the interdisciplinary pedagogy of Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Across the Disciplines, and the National Writing Project, as well as the methods of genealogy, American, Indigenous, 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.”
- Artists & Climate Change
- 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: