Education:Ph.D. Department of English.
Structured Emphasis in Literature and Environment.
Passed oral examination with distinction.
Specializations: Literature and environment, 19th and 20th century American literature, rhetorical theory, rhetoric and composition, writing program administration.
Dissertation: "The Environmental Rhetoric of American Hunting and Fishing Narratives: A Revisionist History" (Chair: Suzanne Clark).
Exploring the relationship between hunting and fishing narratives and the environmental movement that emerged in the Unites States around the turn of the twentieth century, I argue that sporting narratives--replete with their problematic celebration of machismo, weaponry, and death--should be part of any consideration of literary environmentalism. Beginning with a rhetorical analysis of "hook and bullet" stories published in popular late-nineteenth century magazines, I contend that one must be aware of the environmental tropes and figures prevalent in these popular hunting and fishing narratives to fully comprehend the environmental import of texts like Ernest Hemingway's Under Kilimanjaro, D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded, and William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses.
M.A. Department of English. University of Oregon. 2002.
B.A. Department of English. Western Washington University. 1997.
Cum Laude. Junior Semester abroad, University of Hull, England.
- "'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." (Under review).
- "Hunting." Hemingway in Context. Chapter in Cambridge University Press monograph. Forthcoming
- "Hemingway's Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." (forthcoming in ISLE).
- "Hemingway's Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration." The Hemingway Review. 25.2 (2006): 119-122.
- Contributing editor. The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College. John T. Gage. Fourth edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.
- Review of Catching the Ebb: Drift Fishing for a Living in Cook Inlet. (Bert Bender). Forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
- Double review of The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska. (Sherry Simpson) and Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey (Bill Sherwonit). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (16.4 (2009): 886-868).
- Review of In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage. Robert Campbell. Western American Literature 43.4 (2009): 422-423.
- Review of Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World. Edited by Alon Tal. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.2 (2008): 284-285.
Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2006-Present.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2004-2005.
Courses taught (UAS):
- English 493: Travel Writing (Independent Study) Fall 2006.
- English 420: The History of the American Novel. Fall 2009.
- English 419: Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Spring 2007.
- English 363: Nature Writing. Fall 2004. Fall 2006. Fall 2008.
- English 225: Survey of American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865. Fall 2004. Fall 2006.
- English 303: Literature and the Environment. Fall 2007. Spring 2009. Spring 2010. Spring 2011.
- English 226: Survey of American Literature II, 1865-present. Spring 2005. Spring 2007. Fall 2008. Spring 2010.
- English 215: Introduction to Literary Criticism. Fall 2008 (ISP). Spring 2009.
- English 111: Methods of Written Communication. Fall 2004 (two sections). Spring 2005 (two sections). Fall 2007 (two sections). Spring 2008 (two sections). Fall 2008. Fall 2009.
- English 110: Basic College Writing. Spring 2007.
- Humanities 393: Climate Change, Climate Solutions: Seminar on Climate Change Advocacy and Activism. Summer 2008.
- Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience. Team taught with Geologist Dr. Sonia Nagorski. Summer 2007.
- Humanities 200/210: Introduction to the Liberal Arts. Spring 2011.
- Humanities 120: Sense of Place, Alaska and Beyond. Team taught. Fall 2009. Fall 2010 (lead instructor).
- Philosophy 271: Perspectives on the Natural World. Fall 2006.
- Outdoor Studies 193: Introduction to Fly Fishing. Fall 2010.
- Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing II: Service Learning and Steelheading. Spring 2011.
Senior theses advised:
- Ben Crozier, "The Rhetoric of Arctic Travel Narratives." Fall 2008.
- Jess Eller, "Salmon Hatcheries and Alaska." Spring 2010.
- Seth Griffin, "Chinese Environmental Literature." Spring 2011.
Graduate Teaching Fellow. University of Oregon. Fall 2000-Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Sring 2006.
Courses taught (UO):
- English 410: Americans in Paris. (Assistant to Dr. George Wickes). Summer 2002.
- English 222: Introduction to the Major III: American and British Literature, 1789-present.
- (Discussion sections for Dr. Paul Peppis). Spring 2004. Spring 2006.
- Writing 121: College Composition I. Fall 2001. Winter 2003. Summer 2004.
- Writing 122: College Composition II. Winter 2002. Spring 2002. Fall 2002. Spring 2003. Fall 2005.
Writing Lab Fellow. University of Oregon. Academic Learning Services. 2000-2001.
- United Academics Faculty Union, AAUP/AFT Local 4996, Area Representative, Fall 2009-Present.
- Alaska State Writer's Consortium, Board Member. National Writing Project. Fall 2007-2009.
University of Alaska Southeast:
- English BA Degree Program Coordinator. Fall 2009-present.
- Assistant Director of Composition. Fall 2009-present.
- UAS Sustainability Committee, Chair, Fall 2009-present. Co-chair, 2008-2009.
- "I'm going to college" Program for 5th-graders. Yakutat School District. Yakutat, Alaska. May 2010. May 2011.
- "Why College, Why UAS?" Recruiting program, Yakutat School District. May 2010. May 2011.
- Faculty Mentor, Guide Program for first-time Freshman. 2009-2010.
- Chair, English Search Committee. 2008-2009.
- Communication Search Committee. 2008-2009.
- Faculty Advisor, UAS Bike Club. 2007-2009.
- Chancellor's Task Force on Retention, Learning Communities Sub-Committee. Spring 2007-2009.
- Portfolio Review Committee, English 110: Basic College Writing. Fall 2006-Spring 2009.
- Editorial Board,Tidal Echoes (UAS literary journal). Fall 2008-present.
- Learning CenterWriting Placement Test Scoring Committee, Spring 2008.
- Chair, Communication Search Committee. Fall 2008-present.
- English Curriculum Committee, 2006-2008.
- Co-Coordinator, UAS Spring Forum: Sustainability and Juneau Energy. 2007-2008.
- Chair, Bachelor of Liberal Arts Final Portfolio Committee. 2006-2007.
- Co-Coordinator, UAS Spring Forum on Sustaining Culture, Community, and Environment. 2006-2007.
- English Search Committee. 2005-2006.
- Bachelor of Liberal Arts Junior Portfolio Reader. 2004-5.
- Steering committee, Pacific Rim Forum: Interdisciplinary Conference on Economics and the Environment. 2004-2005
University of Oregon:
- Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Host Institution Steering Committee for 2005 Biennial Conference. 2004.
- Writing 122 College Composition II Curriculum Committee/Pilot Project. 2004.
- Composition Program Grammar Handbook Selection Committee. 2004
- Assistant Director of Composition. 2003-2004.
- Coordinator, University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference. September 2003.
- Composition Committee. 2002-2003.
- Shop Steward. Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Union. 2001-2004.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Western Literature Association. The Hemingway Society.
AWARDS, HONORS, GRANTS:
- Alaska EPSCoR, National Science Foundation Travel Grant. Spring 2009.
- Wilson Fund Travel Grant. Spring 2007. Fall 2007. Fall 2008. Fall 2009. Spring 2011.
- International Polar Year, National Science Foundation Outreach Grant, funding for Humanities 393 Course. Summer 2008.
- University of Alaska Special Projects for Retention, funding for Humanities 193 Course. Summer 2007.
- UAS Faculty Senate, Outstanding Teacher Award, Finalist. 2006-2007.
- Outstanding Composition Teacher Award. Department of Composition, University of Oregon. 2001-2002.
National and International:
- "'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." 14th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland. June 2010.
- "Environmental Humanities in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from a Small Public Liberal Arts Institution." Invited presentation for a panel entitled "The Humanities in Response to Ecological Crisis: Research, Pedagogy, Practice." American Society for Environmental History. Portland, OR, March 2010.
- "World-making Through Alternative Sport Films." Co-presentation with Kevin Krein. International Association for the Philosophy of Sport Conference, Seattle, WA. August 2009.
- "Dissolving Disciplines, Resolving Questions: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education at a Small Open-Admissions University." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Victoria, BC. June 2009.
- "Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Salmon Hatcheries and Tourism in Southeast Alaska" Western Literature Association Conference, Boulder, CO. October 2008.
- "Stuck in Raymond Carver's America." Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, WA. October 2007.
- "Hemingway's Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA. May 2007.
- "Hemingway's Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration." International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Ronda, Spain. June 2006.
- "The Conservation of Sporting Literature: The Environmental Rhetoric of American Sporting Narratives." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Eugene, OR. June 2005.
- "Hatching Wildness: The Rhetoric of Wild Salmon." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Boston, MA. June 2003.
- "All Things Sustainable: The Report from UAS." Presentation at All Things Sustainable Roundtable. April 2010.
- "Salmon Hatcheries and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska." UAS Spring Forum on Animals. March 2010.
- "Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Hardrock Mines, Salmon Hatcheries, and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska." Guest Lecture (Video-recorded). English 365 (Alaska Literature: Native and Non-native Perspectives). February 2010.
- "Salmon Hatcheries and Industrial Tourism in Juneau: An Ecological Approach to Interdisciplinary Research." University of Alaska Southeast. Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Work-in-Progress Series. October 2008.
- "Steelhead Fly fishing: A Literary History." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing. April 2007.
- "D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded and the Imperialist Ramifications of Sport." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, English 418: The West in Books and Film. July 2007.
- "Make it new? Make it Local: On the Necessity of Teaching Local Issues in Composition." University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference. September 2005.
- "Preparing to teach Composition for the First Time." Guest Lecture. University of Oregon. English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar. March 2004.
- "Teaching A Forest of Voices." University of Oregon. English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar. February 2003.
- "Ecocomposition and the Politics of Teaching." University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference. September 2002.
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:
Discovery Southeast, Board Member. 2010-present.
Poetry in the Parks, Juneau City and Bureau Program, Organizing Committee. 2009.
Bike to Work Week, Co-coordinator. 2006-2009.
Salmon Watch Volunteer. Oregon Trout, Western Oregon Region. 2002-2004.
Books to Prisoners, Seattle WA. Volunteer. 1998-2000.
Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, WA. Intern. Summer 1997.