Ph.D. and M.A. - Communication & Culture, Indiana
B.A. - Political Science, Emory University.
Media Ethnography, Fan Studies, Consumer Culture and
Branding, Modern Italy, Performance Studies. Work appears in the International
Journal of Communication; Journal of Consumer Culture; Journal of Soccer &
Society. In press: Journal of
Communication, Culture and Critique; Journal of Sport in Society.
Introduction to Communication, Audio/Video Production,
Landscape and the Moving Image, Global Media, Production as Criticism, Social
Media, Television as Cultural Production, Sport Media, Interpersonal
Communication, Public Speaking.
In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.
M. Litt., Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English; M.A., University of Georgia. Rod specializes in Victorian and American nineteenth-century literature. His research focuses on the way Gothic themes and figurations transform texts from the Victorian century.
Rod began teaching at UAS Ketchikan in 1992, became visiting faculty in 1995 and was hired as Asst. Professor of English in 1996. He was the sole English faculty at that time; today Rod heads a local Humanities department of three full-time and half a dozen adjunct faculty. In addition, Rod is senior faculty for the regional English department and is in his third year of serving as Director of Composition and Assessment for all of UAS. Rod teaches an upper-division literature course online every semester, and also teaches composition, humanities and theatre courses, both online and locally.
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.
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.
“When the Heart Skips a Beat,” and “Sable Voices” poems, published in Ice Box (2010).
“Nanook Sweats,” “Release, Definition: Trickster,” “Ode to Tlingit, Yellow Hair Takes the Fat and We Lament His Seedy Departure,” and “Dark Skin and Betraying Uncle,” poems, published in Yellow Medicine Review (Spring, 2009).
“The Saving Son,” a short story, published in Tidal Echoes literary magazine (Spring, 2007).
Column Author, Juneau Empire (2012). Contribute a bi-weekly column on Alaska Native Languages & Studies, as well as a “Tlingit Words of the Week” series.
Blog Author, Huffington Post (2012). Contribute periodic blog entries to the “Education”, “College”, and “Politics” sections.
Tlingit Culture & Language Consultant, Perseverance Theatre (2012). Assisted with development of Defenders of Alaska Native Country by Ishmael Hope.
Study Guide Author, Tlingit Language Consultant, & Poetry Editor, Vivian FaithPrescott (2009–2010). Reviewed and consulted on poetry and use of Tlingit language in the collection Ax̱ L'óot' Doogú: Hide of my Tongue.
Tlingit Language & Culture Consultant, Musician, Dugout (2011). Assisted with the development of the film Dugout by consulting on content, translating Tlingit, and soundscaping the film.
Fiction Reader, Poetry Reader, Web Consultant, Permafrost Literary Magazine (2008–2009). Reviewed and critiqued submissions and consulted editors and assistant editors on developing web content.
Graphic Design Consultant, 40 Below: A Journal about Writing and Teaching (2009). Assisted editors with layout of multimedia magazine contents.
Assistant Tribal Administrator, Organized Village of Kasaan (2005–2007). Worked to improve operational capacity and economic development for OVK, Managed the computer network in Kasaan, developed forms, and worked with committees to develop a Strategic Plan, Organizational Charts, and Policies and Procedures for Administration and Finance.
Tribal Administrator, Skagway Traditional Council (1999–2005). Worked with Native community to develop a Tribal Council, built administrative capacity of the Tribe to deliver Tribal Programs and to manage multiple grant programs & projects, and oversaw the construction of a 5,000 square foot facility that was the first Native owned community structure in over a hundred years in the Skagway area.
Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, University of Alaska Southeast. Teaching: AKL105 & 106: Elementary Tlingit I & II, AKL205: Intermediate Tlingit I, AKL241: Alaska Native Oratory, AKL397: Placenames among the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska, AKL497: Teaching Alaska Native Languages, AKL497: Alaska Native Language Revitalization, ANTH200/493: Alaska Native Cultures, and ANTH475: Alaska Native Social Change. Directing the Alaska Native Language program, which includes supervision of all Alaska Native Languages adjunct professors, and developing the Alaska Native Studies Program at UAS. Faculty Advisor for Alaska Native Studies.
Northwest Coast Formline Design Instructor, Jinéit Art Academy. Teaching community workshops sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute that teach the basic principles of Northwest Coast Formline Design, with special focus on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian styles, crests, and cultures.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010 - 2011). Taught ENGL111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL213: Academic Writing about Natural & Social Sciences, ENGL271: Introduction to Creative Writing—Fiction, and ENGL314: Technical Writing.
Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010). Taught Introduction to ART104: Introduction to Drawing (Northwest Coast Native Art) and team-taught Introduction to Alaska Native Languages with Allan Hayton.
Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007–2010). Taught the following courses: ENLG111: Introduction to Academic Writing, ENGL 211: Academic Writing about Literature, and ENGL213: Academic Writing about Social and Natural Sciences.
Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009 & 2010). Worked with Staff and community members to develop a language curriculum and initiate classes at the community level and within the band office. Worked individually with a language apprentice on acquisition, teaching skills, and as a consultant for cultural projects. Coordinated Tlingit language immersion camps in 2006 & 2010.
Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007 & 2010). Worked under Richard Dauenhauer and Alice Taff to develop materials for the Intermediate Tlingit language program, including an update of verb diagram charts, development of verb analysis worksheets, and development of multimedia sentence analysis materials. Worked on Tlingit language videos entering transcriptions and translations of recorded fluent speakers.
Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004–07). Coordinated community courses in the Tlingit language for adults and children.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-2011)
Teacher, UAF Upward Bound (2010)
Teaching Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2007-2010)
Tlingit Language Instructor, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (2006, 2009, 2010)
Research Assistant, University of Alaska Southeast (2007, 2010)
Tlingit Language Teacher, Dzánt’iki Héeni Middle School (2007)
Actor & Tlingit Language Teacher, Perseverance Theatre (2007)
Tlingit Language Teacher, Skagway Traditional Council (2004-2007)
Du Aaní Kawdinook (Tlingit)
Alaska Native Languages & Studies Column, Juneau Empire
Alaska Native Languages & Studies Entries, Huffington Post
Northwest Coast Native design projects
Alaska Native Modern Art projects
For the Love of Our Grandchildren: Tlingit Language & Knowledge Bearers, a film
Never Forgotten: The Story of Tlingit Veteran’s of Combat, a film
Beneath the Foot of the Sun, a book of poetry
Raven Speak, a play
Pebbles from the Beach, a screenplay
Coyote’s Song, a novel
Lingít Language Curriculum (2nd edition)
Tlingit Language Documentation, Transcription, & Translation
Professional Awards & Service
Top 40 Under 40, The Alaska Journal of Commerce award for up-and-coming leaders who demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community.
Alaska Native Heritage Center Language Advisory Committee Member.
Moment of Birth, giclée print—entry, 2012 Celebration Juried Art Show.
Commissioned artist for Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska (2010-12).
Commissioned artist for 2010 Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Tribal Leaders Summit.
Raven and the Beauty of the Eagle Spirit, giclée print—third place, Celebration Juried Art Show
2010 Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award from Native Alaskan Business Leaders at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in acknowledgement of support for Alaskan Native and rural Alaskan students.
2009 Alaska Native Visionary Award from the Alaska Native Heritage Month Committee in acknowledgement of artistic and cultural contributions to the Native community.
2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
Recipient of a 2009 Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship from the American Indian College Fund.
“A Voice in the Dusk: Language and the Modern Day Warrior,” essay—third place, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2009).
“In a Backstroke of Pedals,” short story—second place, University of Alaska Farthest North Fiction Contest (Spring, 2009).
Xíxhch’, giclée print—third place, Fairbanks Arts Association Digital Media Art Contest (January, 2009).
Du Xoonx’í Yán, Dleit Geedí, giclée print—winner, Alaska Native Heritage Month Art Showcase (November, 2008).
“Kids in Schizophrenia,” memoir—winner, University of Alaska Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Fiction and Nonfiction Writing About Alaska and the North Country (Spring, 2008).
George McDaniel Writing Fund (2008–2009).
Logo design & web design for Southeast Alaska Tribal Department of Transportation (2007).
Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship in Creative Writing (1998).
University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (1998).
University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (1998).
TWR 12:00-2:00 p.m. (may vary due to field schedule)
Outdoor Leadership Sequence (ODS 243, 244, & 245); ODS 116, Intro
to Rock Climbing; ODS 117, Intro to Ice Climbing; ODS 205, Backcountry
Navigation & Travel; ODS 221, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue;
ODS 222, Mountaineering
Forest has been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program since 2006. Forest works in the off season as a mountain guide, and is also a graduate student in northern studies at UAF. He is most interested in human narrative, northern identity, and sense of place.
M.F.A., Northern Michigan University; B.A., University of Michigan. Teague Whalen specializes in creative writing, composition, communication, and literature.
Raised by two passionate educators and two feisty younger sisters, Teague quickly learned that summers meant time to travel America's blue highways and to romp through small towns and national forests by bicycle, canoe, skis, and foot, followed by nights spent sleeping in a tent and usually with close friends in tow. Teague's college teaching ventures have transformed the classroom into kitchens, lakes, mountain tops, and tents when he was a Lecturer I for the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program for two spring terms in rural Maine. While a teaching fellow for Northern Michigan University, he pioneered an outdoor ecocomposition course in the wild Upper Peninsula (U.P.). When he could no longer "Say yeah to the U.P., eh?" he wondered how Alaska compared to the great-lake state. Used to two-tracks and lakes, pine-riddled hills, and weather that could change any minute, he found his mother was right (as a good mother tends to be) when she said that Alaska was like the U.P. on steroids. He has not been disappointed yet, and when he finds Ketchikan raining too much, he keeps his fingers busy composing lofty poems of a bluer heart or stories of longing for a drier hue. When that doesn't work, he takes up his axe planed out of Sitka spruce and gets down to picking away the steel strings in search of a cloudy love song.