Academics at Prescott College
Executive Vice President and Provost
In addition to his work as the Executive Vice President and Provost, Paul continues to teach occasionally in the undergraduate classroom, online, and in the limited-residency Ph.D. Program in Sustainability Education at Prescott College. Paul believes that student learning and faculty scholarship can be most effective, engaging, and transformative when integrated through participatory, field- and community-based projects. Since the early 1990’s Paul has been exploring the potential of technology in classroom, online, and hybrid learning environments to increase diverse student engagement and success. Prior to coming to Prescott College in 2005, Paul has held faculty and administrative positions at various institutions including the University of Arizona, the College of The Bahamas, and Arizona International College. Paul regularly participates in national conversations around educational innovation and best practices in liberal learning.
Ph.D. with honors. Comparative Cultural & Literary Studies, University of Arizona (May 1999)
M.A. Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Arizona (August 1993)
B.A., Summa Cum Laude. English & American Literature. Outstanding Graduate in Humanities, University of Arizona (May 1991)
- Sustaining Innovation in Institutions of Higher Education.
- History of Innovation in Liberal Learning.
- Effectiveness of Innovative Practices in Higher Education.
- Technology and Liberal Learning.
Contemporary Cultural Studies:
- Intersections between critical social theory, political ecology, ecology, and sustainability theory / practice
- Representations of conflict and fear around cultural and environmental resources.
- Literature and culture of the southwest.
- Production, distribution, and consumption in the culture industries.
“Prescott College: Lessons Learned ‘For the Liberal Arts, Environment, and Social Justice.’” In The College Curricula: A Reader. Edited by Joseph Devitus. 2013.
“Fear of Fire and Hope for Jobs: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development in the Political Ecology of Wildfire.” In Entertaining Fears: Rhetoric and the Political Economy of Social Control. Edited by Danika Brown, Cathy Chaput, M. J. Braun, & Thomas Kinney. New York, New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2010.
Folk Saints of the Borderland: Victims, Bandits, Healers. By James S. Griffith. Review. Journal of American Folklore 121.481: 363-4. Summer 2008.
“Administering Interdisciplinary and Innovative Programs: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Arizona International College.” Issues in Integrative Study. 24, 159-172. 2006.
“Continuing the Conversation: Learning from Each Other through Data Sharing.” Panel Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning with Sirkka Kauffman, Glen Rogers, and Julie Morris. Innovative Then, Today, and Tomorrow: A working Conference on Fostering the Best Undergraduate and Graduate Education in the Progressive Learning-Centered Tradition. Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012.
“The Prescott College Model: Creating a World Language Culture on Campus.” Plenary session with Nancy Mattina. Conference on Teaching World Languages: Strategies for Success. Council of Independent Colleges, Little Rock, Arkansas, March 2011.
“Making Experiments Matter: Local Risk Taking Units, Global Institutional Transformation.” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees. San Francisco, CA, January 2011.
“Engaging Liberal Education at a Distance.” Panel Presentation sponsored by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education with Rebecca Davis, Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, Gret Antilla, Ed Clausen. Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees. San Francisco, CA, January 2011.
“Cross-functional Teams in the Planning and Budgeting Process.” Presentation with Steven Corey. Annual Meeting for Chief Academic Officers and Chief Financial Officers, The CAO/CFO Partnership: Blending Perspectives to Build Stronger Institutions. Council of Independent College, Williamsburg, VA, November 2010.
“Hopes and Dreams: Sustaining Innovation.” Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. Sustaining Innovation. Sarasota, FL, October 2010.
“Ready or Not, Here They Come: Is Your Campus "Technology Prepared" for Tomorrow's Students?” Panel Presentation with Jay McPhail, Julie Smith, Josh Wang, Robert Yanckello. Educause National Conference: The Best Thinking in Higher Ed IT. San Diego, CA, October 2010.
“Consortia for Mission-based Learning Outcomes: Comparing Data, Sharing Best Practices.” Panel Chair with Kathleen O’Brian, Jack Herring, Glen Rogers. Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, Conference on Quality in Higher Education. Chicago IL, April 2010.
“Developing Global Citizenship: Best Practices, Pitfalls and the Art of the Rubric.” Panel presentation. Annual Meeting of Association of American Colleges and Universities. The Wit, the Will…and the Wallet: Supporting Educational Innovation, Shaping our Global Futures. Washington, D.C., January, 2010.
“The Role of Consortia for Faculty Development and Curricular Collaboration.” Roundtable discussion chair. Focus on the Future: Finances, Faculty and Programs. Annual Meetings for Chief Academic Officers, Council of Independent Colleges, Santa Fe, NM, 2009.
“Reflective Self-Evaluation: Connecting Pedagogy, Engaged Learning and Assessment.” Featured half-day workshop with Kathleen O’Brian, Marie Eaton, Karen Spear, Andrew Wingfield. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities: Intentional Learning, Unscripted Challenges: Knowledge and Imagination for an Interdependent World, Washington, D.C., 2008.
“Action Planning for Consortium Partnerships: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Scholarly Collaborations.” Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning: Transformative Education: Teaching and Learning to Make a Difference. Berea College, October 2007.
“Assessment of Outcomes for the Common Good.” Round table discussion facilitator. Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, Leading for the Common Good. Chicago IL, April 2007.
“Preparing Junior Faculty for Interdisciplinary Teaching: Workshop for Faculty and Administrators.” Featured half-day workshop with Rita Pougiales, Marie Eaton, Maribeth Clark, Lara Evens, Steven Wiesler. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities: The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracies Big Questions. New Orleans LA, January 2007.
“Social Justice Missions: Are We Practicing What We Preach? Are We Assessing How We’re Doing” Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning: Teaching for Social Justice and Responsibility. Amhearst MA, October 2006.
“Helping Outcomes Happen: Inclusive Processes and Institutional Effects.” General Education and Outcomes That Matter in a Changing World, Association of American Colleges and Universities. Phoenix AZ, March 2006.
“The Role of Education in Sustainable Development.” Panel Participant and Chair, Green to Gold: Sustainable Cities, Healthy Local Environments. Conference hosted by Prescott College and the Prescott Green to Gold Network. Prescott AZ, March 2006.
“Administrative Challenges in Interdisciplinary Programs.” Panel Participant. Association of Integrative Studies / Association for General and Liberal Studies Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., October 2005.
“Community Based Research.” Invited Workshop Participant. Heritage, Environment and Tourism. Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Santa Fe NM, April 2005.
“Borders in the Media.” Session Chair. Cultural Studies Association, Third Annual Meeting. Tucson AZ, April 2005.
“Regional Planning for the AAC&U General Education Conference.” Invited representative. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Conference Regional Planning Meetings. Phoenix AZ, March 2005.
“Leveraging Institutional Transformation through Creative Partnerships.” Panel Member, Participating Researcher, FIPSE funded Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Liberal Education and the New Academy: Raising Expectations, Keeping Promises. San Francisco CA, January 2005.
“Collaborative Curricula: Integrating Place-based Learning Environments and Faculty Development across Institutions.” Association for Integrative Studies. Practices of Integration: Improving Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. Charlotte NC, October 2004.
“Deepening and Extending Student-centered Connections: Sharing Best Practices.” Panel series co-facilitator. Participating Researcher, FIPSE funded Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning, Evergreen College, Olympia WA, October 2004.
“Community-based Curricula in the Wilderness: Outcomes Assessment of Interdisciplinary Learning Environments at Arizona International College.” Globalization and the Environmental Justice Movement, Fall Symposium, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Sierra Vista AZ, September 2004.
“Money to Burn: The Political Economy of Fire ‘Science’ in the U.S. Southwest.” Paper in “Scientific Rhetorics, Policy & Politics.” Panel Chair, Session Organizer. American Association of Geographers, Philadelphia PA, March 2004.
“Building Bridges: Understanding and Practicing Democracy.” Panel Member, Participating Researcher, FIPSE funded Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Practicing Liberal Education: Deepening Knowledge, Pursuing Justice, Taking Action. Washington D.C., January 2004.
“Community-based Education and the Curriculum.” Invited Colloquium. Harvard University, Cambridge MA, October 2003.
“Prospecting Inquiry-based Education within a Conventional Curricular Structure.” With Peter Sherman. Participating Researcher, FIPSE funded Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. Annual meeting of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning, Hampshire College, Amherst MA, October 2003.
“Community Activists and Academics: Collaboration and Conflict.” Paper in “Organizing Communities and Neoliberal Development: Strategies and Critique.” Panel Chair, Session Organizer. American Association of Geographers, New Orleans LA, March 2003.
“’It’s Better in The Bahamas’: Globalization and the Containment of Haitian Labor.” Paper in “Neo-liberal Citizenship and the Spatial Production of Class.” Panel Chair, Session Organizer. American Association of Geographers, Los Angeles CA, March 2002.
“Teaching Global Perspectives and Globalization: Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Course Design.” Video-tape. Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning. New College, Sarasota FL, February 2002.
“Activist Work: Developing Sustainable Social Relations.” Panel Chair, Session Organizer. Sustainable Development in Urban Settings: Conference on Non-Profit Organizations and Sustainable Communities. UA, Tucson AZ, February 2002.
“Technologies of Community: Social Relations and the Discourse of Sustainable Community Development.” Sustainable Development in Urban Settings: Conference on Non-Profit Organizations and Sustainable Communities. UA, Tucson AZ, February 2002.
“Indian Schools, Religion and Technology: Tradition and Transformation in Some Local Folk Musics.” Invited Keynote Presentation, Tucson Corral of Westerners, Tucson AZ, January 2002.
“Education and the Work of the Imagination: Understanding Privatization, Globalization, & Cultural Property through Disney’s Bahamian Island, Junkanoo and The Baha Men.” Invited COB Colloquium, Nassau, The Bahamas, June 2001.
"Teaching Writing with Service Learning: Globalization and Cultural Conflict in The Bahamas." Invited presentation, AIC, UA, Tucson AZ, April 2001.
“Mapping the Commodity Community.” American Association of Geographers, New York NY, March 2001.
“’That ain’t working:’ The Organization of Leisure and the Disorganization of Labor in the Music Industry.” Rethinking Marxism: Marxism 2000. University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, September 2000.
“Embracing Culture in the Classroom: Cross Cultural Pedagogy & Practical Strategies.” Invited faculty colloquium, COB, Nassau, The Bahamas, August 2000.
"Crying Wolf: Some Effects of the Media Packaging of Biological Diversity and Bio-politics." Union for Democratic Communications. University of Oregon, Eugene OR, October 1999.
“The Cultural Significance of Trickster Figures in Moll Flanders and Huckleberry Finn.” Discussant and Panel Chair, Tier One General Education Student Conference: Student Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum, UA, Tucson AZ, April 1998.
“Continuity and Contrast in Tucson’s Cultural Geography: A Graze Tour.” Western States Folk Arts Coordinators Conference, UA, Tucson AZ, April 1998.
“Folklore and Cultural Studies: Conflicts and Connections.” Articulating Conflicts in Cultural Studies, UA, Tucson AZ, February 1998.
“El diablo en Texas: Class, Christ, Marx and the Devil.” New Directions in Critical Theory. UA, Tucson AZ, April 1995.
“Who Writes the Eulogy? Ron Arias’ Corpus, The Road to Tamazunchale, and the Politics of Media Representation.” New Directions in Critical Theory, UA, Tucson AZ, April 1994.
"What's a Guy Like Me Doing in a Text Like This? Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, La Malinche, & Anzaldúa's Textuality: A Hinged Reading/Writing." Symposium on Chicano Literature, UA, Tucson AZ, November 1992.
“Computers in the Classroom.” Student Conference on Teaching. UA, Tucson AZ, April 1992.
"Kate Chopin's At Fault as Feminist Critique: A Dialogic Reading." New Directions in Critical Theory, UA, Tucson AZ, April 1992.
Project Lead, Eportfolio Intiative, Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning, Teagle Foundation, 2011-2012.
Founding Board Member, Yavapai County Educational Technology Consortium, Grants from US Commerce Department and Forest Fees Association to fund connectivity, hardware/software, professional development across Yavapai County schools and colleges. 2009-2012.
Project Director, North American Mobility Project – Sustainable Cities Consortium. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. 2009-2011.
Project Leader, Prescott College. U.S. / Mexico Border Shared Field Programs. Bellows Foundation. 2004-2005.
Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship, 1992-96
Marshall Fellowship, 1994-98
Flinn Scholar, Fellowship, 1986-91
Hostetter General Fellowship, 1995-96
Dwight Seiferlein Memorial Fellowship, 1994-95
University of Arizona Graduate Fellowship, 1991-92
University Class Scholarship Award, 1986-1990
Arizona Regents Scholarship, 1986
Arizona / Nevada Academy of Science Scholarship, 1986
Arizona Scholar Award; David C.Scott Scholarship, 1986
National Merit Award, 1985