By Jana Fischback, MES Communications Assistant.
MES is excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Francis, currently an MES core faculty member, has accepted the position of Director of the Graduate Program on the Environment, starting in Fall 2014. Please read below for his bio and join us in congratulating Kevin!
Kevin Francis began teaching at Evergreen in 2004 and joined the Graduate Program on the Environment in 2012. Like many faculty, he arrived at the college with diverse education and work experiences. After studying biology and philosophy at Reed College, he worked for several years as a wildlife biologist for Mount Hood National Forest, focusing primarily on spotted owl research and management. He also wrote about visual arts for Willamette Week.
He completed graduate work in history of science and medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he wrote a dissertation on the development of scientific theories of extinction. His research focuses on the history of scientific efforts to explain the disappearance of more than 40 genera of megafauna in the Americas following the last ice age. His current work explores the contribution of historical thinking to disciplines like ecology and the role that historical understanding plays in climate literacy.
His first faculty position was at Mount Angel Seminary, where he taught courses that integrated the humanities and sciences. Since arriving at Evergreen, Kevin has collaborated with other faculty to teach a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs. During this time, he also helped design Evergreen’s science curriculum as a planning unit coordinator and worked with Evergreen’s development staff as a faculty member on the Board of Governors.
He is excited about the opportunity to continue work with MES faculty and students. In his free-time, he likes to garden, hike, and ski with his partner, Tom, and their intrepid Chihuahua.