Dr. Nathan Hensley


Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-8203
Email: nhensle@bgsu.edu
Address: Room 201 Memorial Hall

Education & Experience:

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Education, Bowling Green State University [2015-present]
Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture, Florida Gulf Coast University [2014-2015]
Instructor/Affiliate Faculty, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University [2014-2015]
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Sustainability, Honors College, Auburn University [2011-2014]
Environmental Studies Instructor, Bowling Green State University [2010-2011]

Ed.D., Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University (2010)
, Experiential Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato (2003)
, Outdoor Education, Special Populations, Northland College (2000)

Specialty Areas of Interest:

Place-based Education
Environmental Education
Curriculum Studies and Curriculum Theory
Transformative Education
Experiential Education
Outdoor Education

CURRENT and forthcoming BGSU COURSES:

ENVS 1010, Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 4160, Environmental Education
ENVS 4930, Field Studies Course
[Forthcoming Graduate Course] HIST 6800/ACS 6820/SEES 6XXX, Sustainability & You: Education, History, and Place

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:

Hensley, N. (2018). Promoting Mindfulness in Education: The “SURE” Approach. In G. Reis, M. Mueller, R. Gisewhite, L. Siveres, & R. Brito (Eds.), Sociocultural perspectives on youth ethical consumerism (pp. 163-175). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65608-3_11

Hensley, N. (2017). The future of sustainability in higher education. Journal of Sustainability Education. http://www.susted.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Hensley-JSE-March-2017-Future-Casting-Issue-PDF1.pdf

Hensley, N. (2017). The SHEEEPS acronym as a framework for confronting wicked problems in times of rapid change. In P. Corcoran, A. Wals, & J. Weakland (Eds.), Envisioning futures for environmental and sustainability education (pp. 345-357). Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Publishers. doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-846-9

Hensley, N. (2016). Exploring energy options: Understanding the complexities of the energy landscape. Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28543-6_26

Hensley, N. (2015). Cultivating Biophilia: Utilizing Direct Experience to Promote Environmental Stewardship. Journal of Sustainability Education. http://www.jsedimensions.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Hensley-JSE-March-2015-Love-Issue.pdf

Hensley, N. (2014). Incorporating place-based education to cultivate watershed literacy: A Case Study. Handbook of Research on Pedagogical Innovations for sustainable development. Hershey: IGI. Doi.org/10.4018/978-1-466-5856-1.ch002

Hensley, N. (2011). Curriculum studies gone wild: Bioregional education and the scholarship of sustainability. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN: 9781433112959


Dr. Nathan Hensley is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Education in the School of the Earth, Environment and Society (SEES) at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include understanding the intersections between curriculum theory, place-based education, and sustainability studies. In his most recent scholarship he has been exploring, from theoretical and practical viewpoints, how to best prepare our next generation to face the grand challenges associated with sustainability such as addressing climate change, harmful algal blooms, and how to promote an ethic of stewardship within formal and non-formal teaching environments.