Before coming to the University of Oregon, I was a Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where I was honored to win some 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

I've also published some 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


 I taught a graduate proseminar on the Literary Pedagogy for several years. 

I also 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.


Office Hours will resume Week 1, during Fall, 2021

Fall 2021

English 230: Intro to Environmental Literature

Winter 2022

English 419/519: Contemporary Literary Theory: Animal Studies/Plant Studies

Spring 2022

English 607: Graduate Seminar: Anthropocene Animals, in Theory, Literature and Art

ENVS 411: Ocean Conservation in the Arts and Sciences


Spring 2021:

ENG 392: American Novel

T/R 2:15-3:45

ENVS 633: Environmental Studies Thesis Development. Mondays 2:15-3:45

"Interdisciplinary readings in environmental studies focused on topics chosen by each student in consultation with instructor. Preparation for presentations at the Joint Campus Conference."


Fall 2020                      

ENG 469/569:    Literature and the Environment: Ocean Life in Literature, Film, and Theory

TR 10:15-11:45 


Spring 2020


ENG 615:  Advanced Study in Lit Theory: Environmental Theory

ENGL 407: Seminar: Environmental Theories


Winter 2020

English 230: Intro to Environmental Literature

Peggy Kulesz, Laura Kopchick, Ken Roemer, and Stacy Alaimo, with the 2011 Regents Awards