black bear cub, Wyoming

When a 4th grade teacher asked me in a “getting to know you” questionnaire what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wrote “teacher.” I don’t remember that, frankly, but I wasn’t surprised either when I discovered the document in my 40s. In each job I had after college, I thrived on the initial challenge but eventually started contemplating “what’s next?” It wasn’t until I became an instructor at Washington State University that I found the job I knew I’d never tire of. Teaching was the hardest, most humbling, and most rewarding job I ever had.

General areas in which I have taught: environmental communication, climate change communication, environmental humanities, science and health communication, and public service campaigns.