For communication scholarship to be meaningful, I feel it must often go beyond the academy to engage in constructive dialogue with diverse communities. Such dialogue ensures scholarship is grounded in current needs and particulars and increases the transformative potential of research. I engage in outreach, foster communities devoted to public scholarship, and facilitate student creation and participation in public scholarship.
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• Milstein, T. (2012). Survive, critique, and create: Guiding radical pedagogy and critical public scholarship with the discursive guideposts of ecopedagogy. Green Theory and Praxis Journal. 6 (1), 3-16.
• Moderator for Sierra Club’s Town Hall panel titled Agua, Chile, Piñon on climate disruption. April 30, 2013. South Broadway Cultural Center. Albuquerque, NM.
• Workshop leader for Canadian and American tour boat naturalists preparing for summer season in world's highest concentration of whale watch tourism. Research-grounded dialogue about successes, challenges, and strategies in framing engaging restorative messages about endangered whales and ecosystems. The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. 2011 & 2007.
• Pro bono consultantion includes: 350.org New Mexico; Wild Earth Guardians; The Graceful Descent documentary filmmaker Katie Young; wild horse documentary maker Adan Garcia; Hablamos! of La Semilla Institute engaging local schools in environmental research to build community, innovative approaches to environment, and cross-cultural and intergenerational awareness.
• Media outreach includes: Scholar spotlight radio interview on ecotourism, communication, and whales (New Zealand Fresh FM); expert in documentary Stories of Wolves: The Lobo Returns directed by Elke Duerr; interview with The Bosque Beast for article “How to Think about Animals;”
featured in series on “teaching and learning sustainability” (public radio KUNM 89.9 .)
• Conservation Voters of New Mexico (CVNM), The Wilderness Society, UNM Resource Center for Raza Planning, and Arts de Aztlan outreach project. Work with these advocacy organizations to connect Nuevo Mexicano communities and help environmental organizations better politically advocate for communities. 2008-present.
• Lobo Gardens. Centrally engaged via teaching, service, and action in collaborative student, staff, and faculty movement to create and cultivate community food gardens on campus and in urban environment. 2010-present.
• Founder/Director. Nature, Culture, and Public Scholarship Research Collaborative, a transdisciplinary network of faculty, graduate students, and practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary and applied approaches to human relations with/in environment. 2004-2007. Continues to exist at University of Washington.
• Founding member, student chapter of The September Project, an international project that on Sept. 11 annually involves public libraries and citizens in organizing free public discussions, events, and actions. 2004.
Sample student facilitation:
• Created and teach public/engaged scholarship module for our professionalism course for department's PhD students.
• Mentorship of PhD and MA students. Action-research dissertations and theses includes topics such as: Iraqi women refugee invitational workshops; greening media literacy for citizenship; "ending poverty" nonprofit work; the DREAMer immigrant youth movement; transgender community support frameworks; environmental and social justice faith-based organizations; cultivating place through community gardens; indigenous natural resource planning in Panama; nonprofit LGBTQ community center planning; resource guide and toolkit for farm-to-table local food networks in New Mexico.
• Mentorship of undergraduate students in action-research projects. E.g., senior thesis on theory and strategies of collectively run organizations and actual collaborative creation of grocery co-op in food desert urban neighborhood.
• Facilitation of classroom public scholarship. E.g., interpersonal communication students created concept-focused activism "What is Your Meaning?" day for 24 hours before presidential election, including interactive public chalk mural on key terms of election and march across campus with signs and performance.