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I hold tremendous gratitude toward the professional communities that support me, so I make a point of contributing to them consistently. At the College of Idaho, I serve as the director of the Gipson Honors Program — teaching and arranging mentoring, programming, and events for the 50 honors students whom I also advise. I have chaired both the Environmental Studies and the English departments, as well as the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts. I also have served on a range of governance, finance, search, and faculty evaluation committees, in addition to several special task forces.


Because I also value the larger academic community of which I am a part, I contribute to its governance and future. I currently serve as president of The Thoreau Society, and in the past I have served other professional organizations. For the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), I have served as board member, Mentoring Coordinator, Professional Affiliate Organizational Liaison, Vice-President, and President. I regularly review fellowship applications for national granting agencies, as well as books, articles, and manuscripts for academic journals and publishers. I also provide guidance to tenure and promotion committees and to colleagues and graduate students around the country who seek my feedback on their scholarship in the environmental humanities.

I am deeply committed to the public humanities, so I share my work with general audiences — whether through lecturing, contributing to films, organizing a lecture series, participating in institutes for high school educators, or teaching at the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, which serves college-educated adults in my community.

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