Associate Professor, English
- Current disciplinary research interests
Finishing my second book of nonfiction, an essay collection about natural history and the post-atomic landscape. And thinking and writing about creative writing pedagogy.
- Interest in connecting sustainability to research
For teaching, incorporating texts having to do with human responses to the non-human world into my reading lists; for research, grappling with artifacts in the landscape and teasing out what they might mean, in larger historical and creative contexts.
- Center-funded research projects
Stuffed Turkeys and Wax Flowers: Southern Appalachia in dialogue with the American Museum of Natural History
In her fellowship, Dr. Tevis researched the techniques and methods used by artists in the creation of dioramas, or habitat displays, and visited them at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She then visited some of the field sites upon which those dioramas were based, evaluating the differences in the site as represented a century ago. Culminating in an essay, which appears in Dr. Tevis' new book manuscript, she unravels the connections between dioramas and the natural world that they represent. Dr. Tevis will use her fellowship experiences to continue to create innovative field assignments for her writing courses.
- Sustainability courses taught
- FYS Arctic Frontier
FYW Caves and the Literary Imagination
ENG 223 (Introduction to Creative Nonfiction)
ENG 335 (Immersion Journalism)
FYW 1167—Winter in Literature and Life
FYS Comedy & Tragedy in Contemporary American Nonfiction.
ENG 475, senior seminar - Atomic Literature.