Travis Tennessen has served as the convener of Community Engagement Fellows since it began in 2015.
Before coming to Western Washington University, Travis taught at Penn State-University Park and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His courses focused on sustainability, environmental conservation and environmental history. He also directed the Quest alternative break program in Madison, and Tennessen Treks while at Penn State.
Travis received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research explored the histories of conflicts over natural resources in the American West. William Cronon served as his advisor, and he was an active member of UW's Center for Culture, History and Environment.
Many social movements and philosophies contribute to Travis's efforts with Community Engagement Fellows, including permaculture design principles, Sri Lanka's Sarvodaya movement, Unitarian Universalist Small Groups, and the Wisconsin Idea.
Learn more about Community Engagement Fellows:
"Four Principles for Learning Communities," Edge Effects Digital Magazine, September 6, 2018
"A Permaculture-Inspired Community of Practice," Permaculture Magazine, May 8, 2018
"Community Engagement Fellows" Whatcom Report Podcast, April 8, 2018