Alesia Maltz, PhD

Core Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies

Teaching Philosophy

I have taught at levels ranging from pre-school to elder hostel, in locations ranging from the desert to aboard ship in Maine and the Caribbean, and groups ranging from esteemed members of international commissions to tents of Tinkerers (gypsies). I seek out all types of educational institution from land grant colleges (like the University of Illinois, where I received an Outstanding Teacher’s Award), to tribal colleges (Fort Berthold and Sitting Bull, courses which were recognized as model courses) to experimental colleges (College of the Atlantic and Antioch University). I have been involved internationally in the creation of innovative environmental curriculum, such as the widely recognized MicMac Biology Program at University College of Cape Breton, and taught one of the first environmental justice courses in the country.

Teaching is a joy and a privilege. In the classroom I create a climate where people take chances, feel supported, and strive for excellence and compassion. Innovation and creativity are hallmarks of my courses.

Education is a commitment made between a student, their teacher or mentor, and other students, to draw out the whole person. The conversations we have in class teach everyone, and prepare each of us to bring knowledge, wisdom and skills to whatever we have passion about.

Here are some poems I’ve written for my students. Some are blessing poems. Others are designed to help you think about old things, like timelines, in new ways. Still others are invitations to dedicate yourself to your writing. I hope these poems give the flavor of my classes, advising and mentoring, and I hope you enjoy them. But the real experience comes from being a part of it. Please feel free to stop by and join us at any time.