teaching animal studies

Teaching Animal Studies (photo by Beth McHenry, UTA)

Teaching Awards


Teaching Schedule

FALL 2016

This fall I'll be offering a workshop for graduate students at UTA, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, Wed. Sept 7, 2016, 12-1pm, 601 Nedderman Hall. "'Productive Bafflement': Formulating Research Questions, Maintaining Focus." This workshop is open to all graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Graduate students writing an MA thesis or a dissertation should bring drafts of their research questions, if possible, to the workshop.



About my Teaching

I have had the great pleasure of teaching at UTA since 1994, where I have met many smart, inquisitive, funny, lively, hardworking, socially- and environmentally- conscious students who continue to inspire me. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural literatures of the U.S., history of American literature, introduction to textual analysis and interpretation, critical theory; feminist theory; and cultural studies. Lately, my courses focus on environmental literature, film, and theory, animal studies, and posthumanism. Whatever the topic, I encourage students to connect the academic content of the course with everyday challenges. I hope that students will discover how fields of academic inquiry have ethical and political ramifications. I teach the "fierce humanities," that "seeks to unsetltle knowledge and assuptions" (Nelson) and the posthumanities that opens inquiry beyond the domain of human culture.

I direct the work of many PhD and MA students in multicultural American literatures, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, the environmental humanities, new materialism, and animal studies. I have taught in the InterGender doctoral program in Scandanavia and have served as an external reader for graduate committees in the U.S. and Australia. My teaching is deeply informed by my own scholarly research, which allows me to present cross-disciplinary perspectives on texts, cultural formations, and scholarly questions to my classes. Although pedagogy is not my primary area of expertise, I have published on environmental pedagogy, in "The Trouble with Texts, or Teaching Green Cultural Studies in Texas," which appears in the MLA collection, Teaching North American Environmental Literature and have an essay entitled, "When the Newt Turned Off the Lights," forthcoming in an edited collection,Teaching Climate Change in Literary and Cultural Studies. I have also taught the Graduate ProSeminar on Literary Pedagogy and served on the Academy of Distinguished Teachers' Leadership Committee from 2010-2015, evaluating teaching award applications and advising on policies.

I created the cross-disciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, with two other UTA faculty members, and served as the Coordinator and the Director of the Minor for several years.

Courses I have taught at UTA:



I've also directed graduate and undergraduate independent studies in feminist theory; cultural studies; feminist corporealtheory; 19th century American women writers; environmental theory and African- American literature and criticism; environmental literature and theory, interdisciplinary environmental humanities and science studies; queer theory; deaf poetry and disability studies; disability studies; trauma studies.


Peggy Kulesz, Laura Kopchick, Ken Roemer, and Stacy Alaimo, with the 2011 Regents Awards

Peggy Kulesz, Laura Kopchick, Ken Roemer, and Stacy Alaimo with their 2011 Regents Awards