Joli Sandoz brings interdisciplinary experience and interests to Evergreen programs and courses. She teaches primarily in the humanities and social sciences – especially writing (creative and academic) and literature, as well as gender, sports, religious and disability studies – and occasionally facilitates classes in public health and public policy. Joli came to Evergreen in 1995 after teaching and coaching track and field at Fairmont State, Humboldt State, and Brandeis Universities. Her degrees are in English, recreation education, and theological studies, and as of Fall, 2012, she is just one semester away from an MFA in creative writing.

Joli has worked professionally outside of academia, taking on tasks ranging from policy analysis, program management, and community outreach in healthcare and public health settings, to management of a consulting practice providing research, writing and organizational development services to non-profits and government agencies. Among awards Joli has won are several for editing, technical writing and journalism. Her current research projects focus on Evergreen students’ learning related to diversity, and on the craft aspects of literary essay writing. She also designs and talks a lot about board games, and their uses as part of formal education.

Joli was accepted to attend Evergreen as a student, but life took her elsewhere first. She counts herself as unbelievably lucky to be at Evergreen now as a member of the faculty!