University of Texas at Arlington, Teaching Awards:
Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award, 2016
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Spring 2013
UTA’s candidate for the statewide Piper Award, 2012
The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2010
Alicia Wilkerman Smotherman Faculty Award, 2009
Freshman Leaders on Campus Faculty Appreciation Recognition, 2009
“Recognized Professor,” The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2009
Inaugural Recipient of the Chancellor’s Council Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2008
Essays on pedagogy:
"The Trouble with Texts, or Teaching Green Cultural Studies in Texas," in the MLA collection, Teaching North American Environmental Literature
"When the Newt Turned Off the Lights," in Teaching Climate Change in Literary and Cultural Studies
The teaching of teaching: I taught the ProSeminar on Literary Pedagogy for several years.
Curricular development and administration: I created the cross-disciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, with two other UTA faculty members, and served as the Coordinator and the Director of the Minor for several years.
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 and by appointment. It's best to email me for an appointment in case I have other meetings, but feel free to stop by my office on the second floor of PLC.
Classes for 2020
Office Hours: MWF: 3:00-4:00 + by appointment
ENG 230: Intro to Environmental Lit
MWF 14:00-14:50, 360 CON (Condon Hall)
Do we read literature differently when we read for the environment? How are environmental issues connected to colonialism, gender, class, race, and disability? How should literature and film represent environmental futures and does it matter? This course introduces key questions, topics, and texts in environmental literatures, including colonialism and Native cultures, environmental justice, and future visions. We will read and discuss three novels, Louise Erdrich, Tracks; Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation, and the U of O Common Reading text, Helena Viramontes, and Under the Feet of Jesus. We will also read and discuss poetry, essays, and short films or film clips, such as the surrealist “Love Life of the Octopus,” by Jean Painlevé, and the SF film “Pumzi” by Wanuri Kahiu.
ENG 407 St. Louis Seminar: Poetic Animals
ENG 615 Advanced Study in Lit Theory: Environmental Theory
Peggy Kulesz, Laura Kopchick, Ken Roemer, and Stacy Alaimo, with the 2011 Regents Awards