I teach highly interactive and interdisciplinary courses that engage students in critical, creative, and experiential exploration. My goal is to help students wrangle with course concepts in personally relevant ways and to apply their learning to understanding, questioning, and transforming their lives at personal, societal, and ecological scales.


I've taught a wide range of courses at four institutions of higher education, including the University of New Mexico, University of Washington, Portland State University, and University of Colorado at Denver's International College of Beijing.


•    Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, 2011. Highest teaching honor for pretenure faculty at University of New Mexico.

Sample Courses:
Culture, Sustainability, and Change – Grad course examining cultural and communicative ways humanity informs, shapes, and shifts relations with “the environment.” For one student's photos of our fieldstudy in northern New Mexico, go here. Seminar culminates in public gallery-style interactive presentations.

EcoCultural Communication – Undergrad course in which we explore local and global humanature relations as both actively socially constructed and deeply materially experienced.

Lobo Gardens – Academically grounded experiential learning undergrad/grad course engaged in longterm community gardens on and off campus. See Lobo Gardens website and Facebook community page.

Critical Cultural Studies – Grad methodology course. Students present final projects in a public colloquium 2007, 2009, 2011.

Culture, Borderlands, and Change: Places and Spaces - Grad fieldstudy course focused on spaces as material-symbolic constructions and issues of cooption, resistance, struggle, and transformation. For one student's photos of 2009 fieldstudy, go here.

Language, Thought, and Behavior - Undergrad course on ways communication reflects, constitutes, and transforms perception and practice. For examples of student group culture jam projects, go here ("How are you... REALLY?") and here ("Take a seat, make a friend").

Intercultural Communication - Undergrad course dedicated to heightening senstivity to, and understanding of, cultural difference, and to fruitful intercultural outcomes.

Introduction to Communication – Department's introductory course for Communication majors. 100-students, 12 undergraduate peer facilitators, and one graduate TA.

Published Works on Teaching and Learning: To freely read any of these publications, please go to Academia.edu

•     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.

•     Milstein, T. (2012). Greening Communication. In S.D. Fassbinder, A. J. Nocella II & R. Kahn (Eds.), Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts (pp. 161-174). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 2013 Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association.

•     Milstein, T. (2007). Learning in the field: Engaging students via experience and application. Ecologue, Fall, 2-4.