“I was attracted to Conway’s ecological mission, its rigorous yet humane applied learning approach, its progressive educational methods and philosophy, and its cross-disciplinary integrated curriculum. I enjoy working in an environment in which students feel both properly supported and challenged to explore and grow on their own terms.”
Ken joined the faculty in 2003, with primary responsibility for the humanities and as curriculum coordinator. An educator for eighteen years, Ken brings a wide range of experience, from teaching secondary school in Macau, to educational design consulting for an environmental nongovernmental organization in the Philippines, to teaching college writing and creative non-fiction at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Ken has been active in projects linking environmental and social health to community development efforts, both in the Connecticut River Valley region and abroad.
Interdisciplinary by inclination, Ken’s academic work draws on geography, philosophy, economics, anthropology, education, psychology, and literary theory to examine the relationship between people and the environment. He is interested in alternative concepts of economy and community, and believes that one of the functions of education should be to unsettle fixed or conventional notions of the individual, nature, society, and development.
• EdD, University of Massachusetts (2003)
• MEd, University of Massachusetts (1996)
• BA (honors), English, Brown University (1986)