Stephen T. Berg has spent the last 23 years working for Hope Mission, an inner-city agency, in Edmonton, Alberta, that cares for homeless people. He has held several positions including shelter manager and volunteer coordinator, and for the past 10 years has been their Development Director. In the meantime he has pursued a philosophy degree, and courses in history, theology, literature and creative writing. Prior to this, with an education in agriculture, he worked as a grain buyer and grain terminal manager. He has been a frequent contributor to the Edmonton Journal’s Religion page, writing features and articles on issues of social care and justice. He is the 2009 recipient of the Waldo Ranson Spirit of Edmonton Award.
William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published fifteen books on cognition and landscape, numerous essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. Fox is also an artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, and National Museum of Australia.
Chris Nye (Interim Chair), a published poet, studied playwriting on a Fulbright in England; he also holds a Ph.D. in American Studies. In addition to his work at Orion, he serves as Vice President of the Myrin Institute, unofficial steward of its nature preserve, and head of the Institute’s initiative, Educate the Whole Child. He was for many years a professor and then college administrator, during which time he instituted programs in place-based education and service learning before he retired from Berkshire Community College.
Martha Schubert has an Association Montessori Internationale elementary diploma and teaches at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is co-owner of the Art Farm, a small-scale family-run sustainable farm where she grows herbs and other garden produce for sale to local restaurants, and for many years was the farmer and manager of a Community Supported Agriculture program. She advocates for healthy families through her volunteerism with La Leche League of Ohio. Martha spent five years living off the grid outside of North Fork, California, before returning to her native Cleveland, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Martha holds a B.A. in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Scott Slovic is professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho, where he teaches in Idaho’s Semester in the Wild Program and other courses related to ecocriticism, travel literature, and interdisciplinary environmental humanities. A graduate of Stanford and Brown, he has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Japan, and China. Scott was the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and since 1995 he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Scott has also written, edited, or co-edited twenty-two books, including Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy, Ecocriticism of the Global South, and Numbers and Nerves: Information and Meaning in a World of Data.