I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking a faculty position as assistant professor of environmental studies at The Oregon Extension for the coming school year! It’s a unique and amazing college outside of Ashland, OR. Students from colleges and universities around the country spend fall term there, earning 17 credits, going backpacking and camping, and learning practical sustainability skills. Most of the students come from Christian colleges and universities, and the courses focus on faith and environmental care, which is the exact area I’ve been focusing on in my academic and personal life. The OE is a place I’ve been interested in since some of my friends attended in college, and I’m excited to finally have the chance to spend time there.
We visited in March, and my whole family loved the place! It’s on 100 acres in the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, and there’s a large fishing pond right across the street. We’ve already spent hours out on the pond in a canoe and kayak. The OE also has chickens, goats, gardens, worm compost and hot compost, and an extensive recycling system.
The courses are taught collaboratively, with faculty overseeing students in their area(s) of expertise so that students can receive a range of credits, and also read core texts together. Courses are called: What is Nature, What is Community, What is a Sustainable World, and What Does It Mean to be Human. (You can read more about the courses here.)
I’m really excited about this opportunity professionally, because it is exactly the type of job I’ve been preparing for, and I’m also excited about it for my family. What a place to be able to grow up! We are looking forward to lots of outdoor time, learning new skills and a new region, and hanging out with the others who live at the OE. We’ll miss our family and community, but glad that we’re only moving about 5 hours away.