Kurt Stavenhagen | Writing Program | SUNY-ESF
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Kurt StavenhagenInstructor

Kurt Stavenhagen

105A Moon Library
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



I'm an instructor with the Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications Program at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. I also teach courses for Syracuse University's Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition.

My PhD is in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (Syracuse University, 2016) and my research interests are ecoliteracy and contemplative practices. Among recent publications and work, my article "Relational Literacy" (June 2019; JAEPL), challenges writing practices that ignore environmental care and unduly use ecology as a metaphor for writing. I propose literacy practices that prioritize environmental care as dynamic responsive relationships with nonhumans. In the article, "Composition as Kairotic Composure” (May 2019) Tim Dougherty and I explore rhetorical theory and practices that teachers can use to help students reflect and time the sharing of their ideas in writing and discussions. 

I value cultivating curiosity and respect. In my classes, I encourage students to openly share their ideas, and to accurately share and smartly present data. I value reflective reading, observation, and writing. 

 I also enjoy running and snowshoeing through the forests outside my back door. I write poetry, meditate, make kombucha, and regularly gather with my family (my wife, four children, and two cats) around our outdoor fire ring.


Courses I teach include Environmental Writing, and Writing for Science and Environmental Professionals.