I first moved to Hawai’i to surf and live on the North Shore shortly after graduating from high school. I was a tour guide at Waimea Falls in the early 70s. After a few years, I returned to California to start college finishing a BA and MA at California State University, Fullerton, and a PhD from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Since moving back to Hawai'i in 2004, I have been the chancellor at Leeward Community College, interim vice chancellor at University of Hawaii, Manoa, and Associate VP of academics for the University of Hawaii Community Colleges. Before these appointments, I was dean at Minnesota State University and provost at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
I have held professorships in the US and Europe. Currently, I am Professor of English at University of Hawaii, Manoa. Previous to this, I was a Professor of English at Minnesota State University while also being the Dean of the Arts and Humanities College there. While Professor of Humanities at Embry Riddle University, I was awarded two consecutive Fulbrights to the University of Bergen, Norway and then appointed to a permanent position at the University of Tromsø, Norway. While in Norway, I taught courses in American literature and culture at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Recent publications include a) Housing the Environmental Imagination: Beauty, Politics and Refuge in American Nature Writing, b) Ecocritical Aesthetics: Language, Beauty, and the Environment, co-edited with Scott Slovic, and c) this last summer (2019) The Forbidden Subject: How Oppositional Aesthetics Banished Natural Beauty from the Arts. I have been working in ecocritical studies since 1990.
Areas of Interest
environmental representation, politics.
Housing styles, poetics of architecture and place
BA an MA California State University Fullerton
PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Summer Semester 2023
- ENG-190: Composition I for Transfers