Dr. Nathan Hensley


  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-8203
  • Email: nhensle@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Room 324 Hayes Hall

Education & Experience:

Associate Professor of Sustainability Education, Bowling Green State University [2021-present]

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Education, Bowling Green State University [2015-2021]
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

Courses Taught at BGSU:

ENVS 1010, Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 4160, Environmental Education
ENVS 4930, Field Studies Course
Sustainability: Place & Education (SEES 6810 & ACS 6820)
Environmental Problems (ENVS 3010)
(team taught) Sustainability (Hi)Stories (HIST 4950/ENVS 4000)
(team taught) Reimagining Sustainability (SEES 4810/SOC 3000)

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:

Hensley, N. (2021). Sustainability education in the Anthropocene: Storytelling, the environmental humanities and the unknown. Journal of Sustainability education.

Hensley, N. (2021). Re-storying the landscape: The Humanities and higher education for Sustainable Development. Hogre utbildning 10(1). 25-42.

Hensley, N. (2020). Educating for sustainable development: Cultivating creativity through mindfulness. Journal of Cleaner Production, 243.

Hensley, N. (2019). Passages and pivot points: Experience and education as Rites of Passage. Journal of Curriculum Theory, 34(4).

Hensley, N. (2018). Transforming higher education through trickster-style teaching. Journal of Cleaner Production, 194. 607-612.

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

For Dr. Hensley’s most updated publications navigate to Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=q017214AAAAJ&hl=en


Dr. Nathan Hensley is an Associate 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.

Updated: 09/15/2021 10:27AM