Empowering students to be confident in their use of language, and coaching them as they develop strategies for improving what they do with words, is how I spend most of my days. When not in the classroom, my intellectual work includes working with colleagues to strengthen an institution of higher learning dedicated to the public liberal arts. And there is always more work to do: reading, research, and writing; collaborative projects that deepen student learning; administrative leadership; mentoring and faculty enrichment; curriculum and program consulting; and editorial activities.
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. Post-doctoral Instructor, Department of English, University of Washington.
Administrative Appointments Director of the 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
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