My professional work is centered on teaching students how to read deeply, think deliberately and write effectively. Beyond the classroom, I collaborate with colleagues to strengthen the institution and improve student learning.
I envision all of my work in terms of practice: designing courses and learning projects that release creativity, including my own;learning and growing with my students; cultivating a beginner’s mind; involving myself in generative thinking about ideas and practices within, and beyond, the College; sharing ideas, stories, wisdom and experience; modeling health, growth, vitality, both body and mind; and giving back to the community in productive relationships with others, in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, and through mentoring—these activities continue to define my professional practice, and contribute to my evolving professional identity.
Beyond the classroom, my professional activities include 1) academic and administrative projects, 2) professional leadership; 3) curriculum and program consulting; and 5) editorial experience:
Academic Appointments Professor, Department of English, Core Faculty, American Studies Program, Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Studies Program, Keene State College; Faculty member, Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English, University of Southeast Alaska-Southeast
Administrative Appointments Director, Integrative Studies Progam. Chair of the Department of English (Three terms). Coordinator of Thinking and Writing program. Chair of the American Studies program
Professional Leadership President, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE); Vice President, ASLE; Chair and Member, MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities; Member, Executive Council, ASLE; Program Director, Mentoring Program, ASLE
Curriculum & Program Consulting External Reviewer for Self Study, Department of English, SUNY Geneseo, New York; External Reviewer for Self Study, Department of English, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho; Invited Consultant, with Gerry Francis, Executive Vice President, Elon College, Moving to Four-Credit Courses, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio; External Reviewerfor Self Study, Environmental Studies Department, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Editorial Experience (selected) Founding co-editor, Strigidae: A Journal of Undergraduate Writing in the Arts and Humanities; Associate Editor, Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture; Member of Editorial Advisory Board, IJE: Indian Journal of Ecocriticism; Editorial Advisory Board, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Developmental Editor, The Mountaineers Books, Seattle, Washington
A comprehensive list of my professional activities is included in my curriculum vitae