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Foothill College English Professor Scott Lankford

Scott Lankford, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Language Arts Division
     English
     (650) 949-7540 voicemail
     lankfordscott@foothill.edu
     http://foothill.edu/la/staff.php?s=1&rec_id=460

Foothill campus
Office: 6015
Office Hours:
Office Location 6015
Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30
Thursday 1:30 - 2:30
Friday 10:00-10:50
and by appointment

Comments:
In collaboration with Stanford's EPIC initiative (Education Partnership to Internationalize the Curriculum) I'm piloting a Climate Change across the Curriculum program at Foothill College for Winter 2016.

Read and comment on my Daily EPICCC Blog at
Teaching Climate-Change-Across-the-Curriculum

View or Join our Facebook Group at
Foothill College Climate Changers Facebook Group

Schedule:
ENGL1C Honors Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:50 Friday 9:00-9:50 room 5613
ENGL1A Honors Tues/Thurs 10:00-11:50 Friday 11:00-11:50 room 4310
ENGL1B Honors Tues/Thurs/Fri 12:00-1:25 in room 6405

Course information:
ENGL1A Honors Syllabus and Essay Prompts for Winter Qtr 2016
E1AH_Syllabus_W2016.docx
E1AH_Essay_Prompts_Win2016.docx

ENGL1B Honors Syllabus and Essay Prompts for Winter Qtr 2016
E1BH_Syllabus_Win2016.docx
E1BH_Essay_Prompts_Win2016.docx

ENGL1C Honors Syllabus and Essay Prompts for Winter Qtr 2016
E1CH_Syllabus_W2016.docx
E1CH_Essay_Prompts_Win2016.docx

Top Ten Tips: A Student Survival Kit for Winter Qtr 2016
A_TopTenTips_Desktop_Master_Copy.docx

Friday Essay Tests Rules and Formats
Test_Rules_and_Formats.docx

Top Ten Tips for Ravenous Reading
Ravenous_Reading.docx

Top Ten Tips for Taking Timed Tests
Taking_Timed_Tests.docx

Sample Tests
Sample_In-Class_Essay_Tests.docx

Honors Project Possibilities
Honors_Projects_Possibilities.docx

Rough Draft Workshop Guidelines
Rough_Draft_Workshop_Guidelines.docx

Power Punctuation--Dashes
Power_Punctuation_--__Dashes.doc

Power Punctuation--Dashes (NEW)
PowerPunctuationDashes.doc

Climate Change Speakers Series Lineup for Feb 2016
Climate_Change_Speakers_Series.docx

Native Activist Rochelle Diver Lecture for Feb 4 2016
Rochelle_Diver_Lecture_Feb_4_2016.docx

Gary Whyte Cimate Leader Lecture for Feb 9 2016
Climate_Leader_Lecture_Feb_9_2016.docx

Greg Sarris Lecture for Feb 16 2016 Sarris_Lecture_Tues_Feb_16_2016.docx

Andrew Lam Lecture for Feb 25 2016_Andrew_Lam_Lecture_Feb_25_2016.docx

Interests:
My interests include telemark turns; trad climbs; cozy cafes; bookstores; one thousand kinds of tea; ecology; philosophy; literature; going to the gym; Tibetan yoga; surfing, snorkeling, and body boarding; guitar; trekking; Zen and Bhodi Chitta Buddhism; plus adventure travel to anywhere and everywhere on earth (including Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Brunei, the Phillipines, Taiwan, Singapore, Nepal, Colorado, Washington DC, NYC, Costa Rica, Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, Russia, and Italy).

Biography:
Born in Denver, I graduated from Manual High School -- an inner-city public school with a majority African American enrollment -- and still by far the best school I ever attended.

Growing up in Colorado, my hobbies were guitar, telemark skiing, and wilderness mountaineering. My first teaching experience came as a wilderness skiing and rock-climbing instructor in Alaska, Africa, and the Rockies. In 1985 I was a member of the American Mount Everest West Ridge Expedition (you can read all about it in my teammate Ed Webster's classic book Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest or another teammate's book, Robert Anderson's To Everest via Antarctica). Prior to entering grad school at Stanford, I even had a brief career as a singer/songwriter, working as a warm-up act for nationally-famous performers such as Don McLean and Harry Chapin on the New England college circuit. In fact, writing songs was what first got me interested in studying poetry!

I joined the Foothill faculty in 1989 and served as Dean of Language Arts from 1994-1997. In 1991 I became the co-founder of Foothill's award-winning Cultural Diversity Center, the Foothill Gay and Lesbian Employees and Friends Association, and the Foothill student Gay/Straight Alliance. In addition to courses in College Writing, I have taught Creative Writing, Poetry, American Literature, Lesbian/Gay Literature and a variety of special-topic Honors Seminars ranging from "Lake Tahoe's Literary History" to "Contributions of Islamic Cultures to American History," to "Blogging as an Emerging Genre."


Degrees

B.A. Philosophy, Williams College, 1980
M.A., Modern Thought and Literature, 1989
Ph.D., Modern Thought and Literature, 1991


Publications

My book Tahoe Beneath the Surface: The Hidden History of the World's Largest Mountain Lake was released in October of 2010 and was awarded a Bronze Medal as 2010 Nature Book of the Year by Foreword Magazine (the leading national journal of independent publishers and independent booksellers nationwide).

My previous book, Northwest Passages: From the Pen of John Muir (revised edition 1998) won the Benjamin Franklin Prize from the Independent Publishers Association.

My next book, Paris Naked will focus on the epic, if often unclothed, misadventures of Americans in Paris from Ben Franklin to Madonna.

During my 2013-2015 Spring sabbatical quarters I researched and rough-drafted a new 250,000 word book on the battle to save the largest lake on each of the 7 Continents -- including the sub-glacial lakes buried beneath the ice of Antarctica.

Faculty Committees and Student Clubs 2016
Faculty Senate
Student Equity Workgroup
Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee
Black Heritage Month Planning Committee
Asian American Heritage Month Planning Committee
LGBT Heritage Month Planning Committee
English Dept Tenure Committee
Philosophy Dept Hiring Committee
Gay/Straight Alliance Co-Advisor
FHDA Gay and Lesbian Employees and Friends (GAYLEAF)
Sustainability Committee
Student Grievances Committee
Environmental Club Advisor

Curriculum Initiatives

During the 2011/2012 academic year, I helped launch two new across-the-curriculum initiatives: The Foothill Center for a Sustainable Future (of which was a co-founder and co-director), and a collaborative effort to apply Stanford Design School founder Professor David Kelley's ideas for Teaching Creativity to the teaching of College Writing.

For 2012-2013 I joined the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative as a Visiting Scholar to help launch a new Human Rights Across the Curriculum program focused on using social media. http://shrei.stanford.edu/

In January 2014 I presented a paper on the topic of "Teaching Sustainability" at the annual Modern Language Association Conference in Chicago.

In November 2014 I presented a paper entitled "Medicated Bodies of Water: Hybrids, Hyperobjects, and the Anthropocene" at the International Seminar of Corpus Water and Body Fluids at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timosoara, Romania.

For Winter Quarter 2015 I will be blogging on the topic of "Climate Change Across-the-Curriculum" (as part of a Foothill College Staff Development Initiative) at http://mindsurfing.typepad.com/climate/

For 2015-2016 I am piloting a composition-studies-based Climate Change Across the Curriculum model within the Foothill Honors Institute--in collaboration with Stanford's EPIC Program (Educational Partnership to Internationalize the Curriculum).


Curriculum Vitae-Academic Resumé
Lankford_Curriculum_Vitae.doc

Personal Quote:
"Alfred North Whitehead listed adventure as one of five necessities to the truly civilized community, next after truth and beauty, ahead of art and peace. It is a startling idea and he meant it to be so. Men and women are both taught to recognize adventure only as a passing fancy in the growing child, to be put aside with adolescence at the latest. The mature individual settles down; that is to say he does without adventure. Then he should do without beauty, and faith, and laughter, for these too are incidental to real life, to eating and begetting and keeping out of rain.

....Adventure is as needful to the real life of the spirit as food is to the body. The inadvisability of an action will not curtail it if it fills that need. Gambling is more or less bad for society, but people will play the tables so long as hope of sudden wealth connotes hope of change, variety. That is why it appeals broadly to the poor more than the rich: their lives are drearier. Workers go on strike not only for wages and decent hours but out of sheer dramatic hunger. A love affair imparts adventure, not merely because it is unsanctioned and a little risky, but because it proceeds on part-knowledge, like all creative endeavor. A general goes into battle; an artist paints; men climb Everest and fling themselves into the sky; become healers and judge a crime on part-knowledge. They have to, for that is the condition of living" --Michael Drury


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