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B.A., Pepperdine University
M.A., Claremont Graduate School
Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Composition - Business, Creative and Environmental Literature; Sustainability Studies; Social and Environmental Justice; Women's Studies
Greta Gaard's primary interests are in environmental sustainability literatures and creative nonfiction writing, topics she has pursued through her teaching and research. At UWRF, she has developed a "(Green) Business Writing" (ENGL 266) course that has been offered for two years and forms the basis of her sabbatical research in Fall 2012, when she will develop these course materials into a textbook. Other courses she has developed at UWRF include "The Literature of Environmental Justice (ENGL 228)" which meets the American Cultural Diversity requirement and the Ethical Citizenship General Education requirement, "U.S. Environmental Literature (ENGL 310)" which meets the Ethical Citizenship General Education requirement, and "Human-Animal Studies (HUM 305)" which meets the Multidisciplinary General Education requirement, and will be offered for the first time in Fall 2013.
Dr. Gaard was a UWRF Sustainability Faculty Fellow in Spring 2011, and will be co-leading a Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop in May 2012. Before coming to River Falls, Gaard was an Associate Professor of Humanities at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (1997-2002) and an Associate Professor of Composition and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1989-1997). She has been active in the environmental movement since 1989, working to found the Minnesota Green Party, and to organize movements against economic globalization through direct action to address the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Seattle. Since returning to the Midwest, she has continued her activism through work with MN350.org and Tar Sands Action. Most recently, she has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).