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Faculty Profile
Benette Whitmore

Assistant Professor

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262 Marshall Hall


Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, ESF
  • President's Community Service Award, ESF
  • Special Recognition Award for Positive Influence on ESF Graduates
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Syracuse University
  • Teaching Excellence Certificate, Colgate University
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University
  • M.A., Public Communications Management, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
  • B.A., Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


   • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Academic Interests

  • Technical Writing
  • Communication Studies
  • Environmental Education
  • Children's Literature

Selected Publications


  • Shelter, a young adult novel, Walker & Co./Bloomsbury USA, New York, NY 
  • Ghost Bat in a Gum Tree, an endangered species counting book, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana 
  • Real Stuck, Way Up, a children's book, Barron's Educational Series, New York, NY 
  • The Little Shoe Book, a children's book, Random House, Inc., New York, NY 
  • Pappyland Activity Book, Volumes I and II, two non-fiction children's books, Craftsman & Scribes, Syracuse, NY 
  • A Quilt for Elizabeth, a children's book, Centering Corporation, Omaha, Nebraska (1992, 1995); Film rights optioned by FilmFair Communications in Hollywood, California 

Journals & Periodicals


  • “Books as High Culture and the Misrecognition of Low-Status Work in a Big Box Bookstore,” Journal of Qualitative Ethnography
  • Academic Literacy Experiences and Middle-Class Reproduction Through Book Consumption Practices,”Journal of Early Childhood Literacy


  • “Service-Learning: The Classroom Without Walls,” GREEN Supplement to the Syracuse Post-Standard 

Contributor to: House Beautiful, Corporate Design, Building Design and Construction, Electric Light and Power, American School and University, Architectural Lighting, School and College, and School Product News


  • "Milk", a short story, The North American Review

Produced Works

  • Head writer for 35 half-hour episodes of Pappyland, a PBS children's television series being aired in more than 165 markets worldwide on The Learning Channel (1996-2003)

Performance Piece

  • Playwright.  "Rainforest Rhythms & the Jungle Jive" an eco-play.  Performed in Boston, MA; Fulton, NY

 Invited Talks and Presentations:

  • "A Convenient Truth: Writing and Teaching Ecofiction," The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Washington, DC
  • "Go Animal! Using Music and Eco-Performance as an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education," North American Association of Environmental Educators.  International Conference, Buffalo, NY  
  • "Trash Talk: The Found Object Monologues," The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Denver, CO 
  • "Consuming Bodies: Workers, Literacy, and Status at the Superstore Bookseller" Gender, Bodies & Technology Conference, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA 
  • "Extinction Stinks!" an interactive presentation on endangered species featuring language and music for elementary school students.  Performed throughout the Northeast US.


  • EWP 410 - Writing for Environmental Professionals
  • EWP 220 - Public Presentation Skills
  • EWP 420/EWP 620 - Advanced Public Presentation Skills
  • EFB 496 - Philosophy and Environmental Writing

Current Graduate Advisees

Sam CarballoSam Carballo

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Whitmore and Dann
  • Area of Study: Environmental Studies

Shannon DuerrShannon Duerr

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kohl and Whitmore

Irene NjendeIrene Njende

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Hirsch and Whitmore
  • Area of Study: Environmental Studies