Teaching, General (Pull down, above, to see separate Undergrad and Grad pages)

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. 

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 ESS Minor for several years.

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Office Hours for Winter 2022: Week 1 to Week 10:

1:45-2:45 Monday and Wednesday, in Office, 205 PLC (please wear a mask over your nose and mouth in this small space).  If you are sick or have symptoms that could be covid, do not come to office hours in person. Email me and we can zoom. Note: Some office hours may be cancelled due to graduate exams and meetings. 

Teaching 2021/2022

Fall 2021

English 230: Intro to Environmental Literature, TR 2:00-3:20, 245 LIL

Winter 2022

English 419/519: Contemporary Literary Theory: Animal Studies/Plant Studies (M+W 12:00-13:20):

Beginning with and featuring the U of O Common Reading, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer and concluding with Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ experimental work Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, this class will ask what it means to write about plants and animals, to embark on speculative forays about their perspectives, to place other species at the center of our stories, to learn from them, to creatively engage with scientific knowledge about them, and to expand the human scope of ethical consideration to include them. We will read and discuss literary criticism and theory in animal and plant studies, such as that by Jakob Johann von Uexküll, Michael Marder, Luce Irigaray, and Donna J. Haraway, along with some poetry and short stories. The final project will bring the theoretical perspectives to one specific plant or animal of the student’s choice, will include a creative option, and will be part of a blog that the class creates. Depending on the scheduling, the class may attend an event with Robin Wall Kimmerer. [Graduate students in the class will write a longer final project, along with a shorter version for the blog.] Please purchase the two books, early, because of supply chain issues! Also, graduate students will need to read and buy Michael Marder and Luce Irigaray, Through Vegetal Being.

Spring 2022

English 607: Graduate Seminar: Posthumanism and Indigenous Thought

ENVS 411: Ocean Conservation in the Arts and Sciences

PAST TEACHING

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

Courses:

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