Leadership & Staff


Amy McIntyre
Managing Director
Amy McIntyre has been Managing Director of ASLE since 2004. She previously worked with the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, the New England Center for Civic Life (both at Franklin Pierce University), and the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth (now Children’s Museum of NH).

Elected Officers

Gisela Heffes

Gisela Heffes is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Rice University.

George Handley

George Handley is Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brigham Young University.

Andrea Knutson
Vice President

Andrea Knutson is Associate Professor of English at Oakland University.

Laura Barbas-Rhoden
Immediate Past Co-President

Laura Barbas-Rhoden is Professor of Spanish at Wofford College.

Bethany Wiggin
Immediate Past Co-President

Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of German Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rina Garcia Chua
Diversity Co-Officer

Rina Garcia Chua is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Heidi Hong
Diversity Co-Officer

Heidi Hong is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Lisa Fink
Graduate Student Liaison (senior)

Lisa Fink has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, and is currently completing a PhD in Environmental Studies and English at the University of Oregon.

Cassie Galantine
Graduate Student Liaison (junior)

Cassie Galantine is a Doctoral Candidate in English at the University of Oregon.

Executive Council

Bridgitte Barclay
Public Engagement Seat, Term: 2020-2022

Bridgitte Barclay is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Aurora University.

Kiu-wai Chu
Term: 2021-2023

Kiu-wai Chu is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities and Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Scott Hess
Conference Chair Seat, Term: 2022-2024

Scott Hess is Professor of English and Environmental Sustainability at Earlham College.

Serenella Iovino
Term: 2021-2023

Serenella Iovino is Professor of Italian Studies and Environmental Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Heidi Scott
Contingent/Independent Advocacy Seat, Term: 2020-2022

Heidi Scott is currently Assistant Clinical Professor in University Honors at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jesse Oak Taylor
Regional Collaboratories Chair, Term: 2022-2024

Jesse Oak Taylor is Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington

Appointed Officers and Liaisons

Karla Armbruster
Executive Secretary

Karla Armbruster is professor of English and the chair of the Sustainability Studies Committee at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Karla has previously served as ASLE President and Executive Council member.

Mary Tischler

Mary Tischler is the CFO for Ginosko Development Corporation in Novi, Michigan.

Christy Tidwell
Digital Strategies Coordinator

Christy Tidwell is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Rebecca Evans
Sustainability Officer

Rebecca Evans is an assistant professor of English and contributing faculty member in Environmental Studies and Race and Ethnicity Studies at Southwestern University.

Beatriz Rivera-Barnes
Professional Liaison Coordinator

Beatriz Rivera-Barnes is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State University.

Heather Sullivan
Grants Coordinator

Heather I. Sullivan is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity University.

Christina Gerhardt
ISLE Editor

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor of German at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Lisa Ottum
ISLE Book Review Editor

Lisa Ottum is Associate Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Allison Dushane
ISLE Managing Editor

Allison Dushane is an Associate Professor at Angelo State University

KT Thompson
ISLE Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction

KT Thompson is Associate Professor of creative nonfiction and critical theory at Northern Arizona University.

Charles Waugh
ISLE Associate Editor, Fiction

Charles Waugh is Professor of English at Utah State University.

Cecily Parks
ISLE Associate Editor, Poetry

Cecily Parks is Assistant Professor in the MFA Program at Texas State University.

Chia-ju Chang
International Co-Liaison

Chia-ju Chang Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College.

Andrea Casals
International Co-Liaison

Andrea Casals teaches literature at Universidad Catolica de Chile

Lauren LaFauci
International Co-Liaison

Lauren LaFauci is an Assistant Professor at Linköping University

Elizabeth Dodd
Mentoring Program Co-Coordinator

Elizabeth Dodd is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Kansas State University.

Erin James
Mentoring Program Co-Coordinator

Erin James is Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho

Laura-Gray Street
Environmental Creative Writing Book Award Coordinator

Laura-Gray Street is an associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing and Visiting Writers Series Program at Randolph College.

Nicole Seymour
Ecocriticism Book Award Coordinator

Nicole Seymour is Associate Professor of English at California State University, Fullerton.

Sylvan Goldberg
Graduate Student Paper Awards Coordinator

Sylvan Goldberg is an Assistant Professor of English at Colorado College.