Kurt Stavenhagen | Writing Program | SUNY-ESF
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Kurt StavenhagenInstructor

Kurt Stavenhagen

105A Moon Library
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



I serve as a full-time 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 some 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 in ecoliteracy and contemplative practices.

In terms of ecoliteracy, my article entitled "Relational Literacy" (June 2019; JAEPL), challenges writing practices that either ignore environmental care or unduly use ecology as a metaphor for writing. I propose literacy practices that help redefine environmental care as realizations of dynamic relationships with nonhumans. In terms of contemplation, in the article, "Composition as Kairotic Composure” (May 2019) co-author Tim Dougherty and I share theory and practices that teachers can use to promote reflection and timeliness in student writing and discussions. 

In terms of teaching, I value partnering with my students in efforts to cultivate curiosity and respect based on an honest, open sharing of ideas and an accurate representation of data. I value reocognizing and building learning moments together. 

When I am not teaching, I often run or snowshoe through forests outside my back door, meditate, write poetry, make kombucha, and 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.