Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

2022-2023 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

These lectures are open to all students, faculty, staff and the community. Light refreshments will be provided.

Erik Jules- Scholar of the Year

Lecture date: February 7th 2024,  Goodwin Forum (NHE 102) , 5:00-7:00pm

Lecture Title:  How climate change, fire suppression, and invasive species may be reshaping our forests

Erik will describe his research on recent changes to forests in our region, including changes that have resulted from non-native pathogens, climate warming, and fire suppression. Using several long-term studies, the talk will focus on an at-risk, high-elevation pine species and a botanically-rich forested ecosystem in the heart of the Klamath Mountains.

Recorded Lecture Here


John Meyer- Scholar of the Year

Lecture date: February 28th 2024,  Goodwin Forum (NHE 102) , 5:00-7:00pm

Lecture Title:  Which way (if any) toward sustainability?

Our climate crisis often feels very new, but is in some ways, as Kyle Powys Whyte has argued, “unprecedentedly old.” It has prompted many calls for a more sustainable society. But what could that mean and how might it be pursued? Does it require more deference to experts? Or more power to “the people?” In this talk, I argue that questions like these are inescapably political and that answers reflect differences in underlying values and visions of a good life. One goal of environmental political theory – my field of study – is to surface these values as a basis for imagining more deeply resonant strategies for social change.

 Recorded Lecture Here


Noah Zerbe- Excellence in Teaching

Lecture date: March 27th 2024,  Goodwin Forum (NHE 102) , 5:00-7:00pm

Lecture Title:  Conversations from the Classroom: Strategies for Engaging Pedagogies

From flipped courses to playful pedagogy, it’s hard to stay on top of the latest innovations and emerging technologies in teaching, especially as faculty tend to be siloed into their classrooms. In this interactive session, we’ll draw back to the curtain and engage in a conversation about effective teaching. Come and share your favorite activities and assignments, or just bring your questions.

 Recorded Lecture Here


Cindy Moyer- Outstanding Service

Lecture date: April 4th 2024,  Fulkerson Recital Hall , 5:30-7:30pm

Lecture Title:  All I Really Needed to Know about Service, I Learned from Studying Music

Cindy will be joined by musical colleagues as she discusses and demonstrates musical skills that are also relevant for service work.   

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Sara Hart- Scholar of the Year

Lecture date: April 10th 2024,  Goodwin Forum (NHE 102) , 5:00-7:00pm

Lecture Title:  Jim Hart's Magical Mystery Tour

This is the story of how I came to Religious Studies, and of what the journey has taught me about learning, teaching, and being in the world. To imagine alternate moral horizons, to practice being wrong about our most committed worldviews, to engage impossible beliefs: these are the keys that I have found to community, purpose, and hope.

 Recorded Lecture Here


2021-2022 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

Excellence in Teaching Award – Tenure Track Faculty

Meenal Rana

Thursday, November 3, 2022


Goodwin Forum

Recorded Lecture


Excellence in Teaching Award – Lecturer Faculty

Sonja Manor

Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Goodwin Forum

The Power to Change
Teachers have a unique and powerful ability to create change, not only for our students but for ourselves, our teaching, and our campus culture. As a Freshmen at Humboldt State University, I had no idea I was going to major in mathematics nor would I have believed I could.  A note from a professor at the top of one Calculus test changed the course of my life. It is a great honor to now be able to play this role in the lives of my students. Each semester they help me change my classes to be more applicable, active, and inclusive. In this presentation, I will share some of the teaching philosophy, classroom projects, and interdepartmental collaborations that have transformed my classes.

Recorded Lecture


Scholar of the Year

Jeffrey Kane

Wednesday, April 12, 2023


Goodwin Forum

Restoring Fire-Adaptive Oak Woodlands in Northwestern California
The removal of fire in oak ecosystems in northwestern California over the past century has resulted in substantial loss of biodiversity and degradation of culturally managed landscapes. Efforts to restore oak ecosystems and reintroduce fire hold promise but often require removal of conifers to promote effectiveness. In this talk, Dr. Kane will share his research over the past decade that explores the impacts of fire exclusion and the ecological responses of restoration approaches within oak ecosystems of northwestern California.

Recorded Lecture