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.
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.
Ph.D. Department of English. University of Oregon. 2006. Structured Emphasis in Literature and Environment. Passed oral examination with distinction.
Dissertation: "The Environmental Rhetoric of American Hunting and Fishing Narratives: A Revisionist History" (Chair: Suzanne Clark).
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.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:
Introduction and co-editor with Sarah Jaquette Ray. Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory. In progress.
Introduction and editor. Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World. Under Contract with Kent State UP.
"Hunting." Ernest Hemingway in Context. Ed. Suzanne del Gizzo and Debra Moddelmog. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 267-276.
"'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." The Hemingway Review 31.2 (2012): 65-83.
"Hemingway's Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 18.4 (2011): 717-736.
"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 Trout. (James Owen). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.2 (2013): 440-441.
Review of Surfer Girls in the New World Order. (Krista Comer). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 19.1(2012): 200-201.
Review of Catching the Ebb: Drift Fishing for a Living in Cook Inlet. (Bert Bender). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 18.1(2011): 221-222.
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.
National and International Conferences:
“ASLE Juneau: The Report from the 2012 Off-Year Symposium.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, Indiana. June 2013.
"Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World: How, Why, When, What." 15 th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference. Petoskey, Michigan. June 2012
"Poaching, Hunting, and Environmentalism in D'Arcy McNickle's 'Meat for God' and The Surrounded." 46 th Annual Western Literature Association Conference, Missoula, Montana. October 2011.
"Guns, Bikes, and Helicopters: An Ecological Apologia for Leisure." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011.
"Building your Professional Identity: Funding, Publishing, and Conferencing." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011.
"'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." 14 th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland. June 2010.
"Environmental Humanities in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from a Small Public Liberal Arts Institution." 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.
"The Captivity Narrative: Mary Rowlandson and the advent of a genre" (English 223 Survey of British and American Literature). UAS April 2012.
"The centrality of Critical Thinking and the Liberal Arts Tradition." National Teach-In in response to Corporate Greed, part of session entitled "The History of Unions and the Ascendancy of Capital." UAS. April 2011.
"Between Science and Anti-Science: What does Science have to do with Literary Study?" (English 423 Ecocriticism). UAS December 2010.
"All Things Sustainable: The Report from UAS." Presentation at All Things Sustainable Roundtable. University of Alaska Fairbanks. 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.
"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.
"Steelhead Flyfishing: A Literary History." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing. April 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.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Western Literature Association
The Hemingway Society
Associate Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2013-present.
Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2006-2013.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2004-2005.
Courses taught (UAS):
English 493: Travel Writing (Independent Study) Fall 2006.
English 423: Ecocriticism. Spring 2008.
English 420: The History of the American Novel. Fall 2009.
English 419: Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway. Fall 2010. Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Spring 2007.
English 418: Perspectives on the Animal. Team-Taught with philosopher Dr. Kevin Krein. Spring 2009.
English 418: Hemingway in Cuba. Spring 2012.
English 418: Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North. Co-Taught with Dr. Sarah Ray. Spring 2012.
English 418: The Wilderness Act at 50: A Critical and
English 363: Nature Writing. Fall 2004. Fall 2006. Fall 2008. Fall 2010. Fall 2012.
English 303: Literature and the Environment. Fall 2007. Spring 2009. Spring 2010. Spring 2011. Spring 2012.
English 226: Survey of American Literature II, 1865-present. Spring 2005. Spring 2007. Fall 2008. Spring 2010. Fall 2010 (Directed Study). Fall 2011.
English 225: Survey of American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865. Fall 2004. Fall 2006.
English 215: Introduction to Literary Criticism. Fall 2008 (Directed Study). Spring 2009. Spring 2012 (Directed Study).
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. Spring 2011. Summer 2011. Fall 2011. Summer 2012.
English 110: Basic College Writing. Spring 2007.
Humanities 393: Cuban Language, Literature, and Culture. Team taught in country with Dr. Dan Monteith, Claudia Wakefield, and Forest Wagner. Spring 2012.
Humanities 393: Climate Change, Climate Solutions: Seminar on Climate Change Advocacy and Activism. Summer 2008.
Humanities 200: Introduction to the Liberal Arts. Spring 2011. Fall 2013.
Humanities 120: Sense of Place, Alaska and Beyond. Team taught. Fall 2009. Fall 2010 (lead instructor). Fall 2011 (lead instructor). Fall 2012 (lead instructor). Fall 2013 (lead instructor).
Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience. Team taught with Geologist Dr. Sonia Nagorski. Summer 2007.
Philosophy 271: Perspectives on the Natural World. Fall 2006.
Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing II: Service Learning and Steelheading. Spring 2011. Spring 2012. Spring 2013.
Outdoor Studies 193: Introduction to Fly Fishing. Fall 2010. Fall 2011. Fall 2012. Fall 2013.
Thesis Committees (UAS):
Advisor. Ben Crozier, "Images of the Arctic: A Literary Review." 2008.
Advisor. Jess Eller, "Salmon Hatcheries and Alaska." 2010.
Jason grew up in the heart lands of central Florida where he grew to appreciate Jewish delis and playing handball with the neighborhood kids. After he graduated with a B.S in Media Production from Florida State University he completed at nine month bike tour from Alaska to Central Mexico. In 2009 he relocated to Alaska where he developed his real passion of human powered travel using bikes, skis, packrafts, and feet. Currently he is pursing a Masters in the Art of Teaching in special education at UAS.
Michael started exploring off-trail as a kid in Colorado and his interest in long-distance, unmarked foot routes has grown steadily ever since. His backcountry pursuits have always centered on exploration and navigational skills, whether it be a trek across the high desert of the Colorado Plateau or a fresh ski descent in the mountains of Juneau. Michael graduated with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then headed to Juneau in pursuit of new wilderness. While here, he’s worked as both lead field and office surveyor for AK DOT, lead surface and underground surveyor for Kensington Gold Mine, and as marine structural engineer for AK DOT. His interests in all-season backcountry recreation, human powered travel, and traditional route finding without the aid of GPS lead him on a path that crossed with Forest Wagner’s many years ago and he has been assisting with the ODS program ever since. Michael finds the ODS program to be rewarding in that he has an opportunity outside of his normal routines of work, family, and play to meet other people who have similar passion to explore and help pass on some of the skills he’s had to learn on his own.