TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DESIGN
Kristin teaches as a lecturer at The New School in New York City and at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Over the past 15 years, she has also led and collaborated on curriculum design as a university affiliate or external consultant in New York, California, and Maine.
Graduate level seminars. Social Justice in the Global Food System; Leadership for Sustainability and Environmental Policy.
Undergraduate seminars. Food and the Environment; The Global Food System; Urban Food Systems; Introduction to Food Studies; Women, Food, and Agroecosystems; Food, Power and Social Justice.
Project-based courses. Action Research and Urban Agriculture; Urban Agriculture and Food Activism; Green Roof Ecology (co-devoloped and co-taught, 2106-17; Click here for a video on the Green Roof Ecology course— produced by New School students!); Designing Urban Agriculture: Gardening, Cities, and Democracy; Environmental Studies Senior Capstone.
The number of undergraduate food studies degree programs is on the rise since the first one began at New York University in the mid 1990s. However, to date, interdisciplinary food studies degrees have been available mainly at the baccalaureate and graduate level — not at community colleges. From 2013- 2015, Kristin was retained as a consultant to Hostos Community College (a part of the City University of New York and located in the South Bronx) to develop an Associates Degree program in Food Studies. Rooted in the idea of food justice, the program is the first of its kind in the United States and was designed to provide community college students in one of the lowest income congressional districts with a top-notch education.
In Spring 2017 Kristin was a visiting scholar at The University of Southern Maine, where she taught the school's first core food studies courses and helped to launch this exciting new program.
Many universities today offer interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees in environmental studies. Few are located in dense urban settings like New York City. The New School’s Environmental Studies program focuses on the urban environment, making it unique in the field. From 2010-2016, Kristin collaborated with full time program faculty to refine the curriculum to meet student needs in this evolving and globally important field of study.
Among Land Grant institutions, The University of California, Davis, was the first to offer a degree program in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS). As a graduate student at UC Davis from 2003-2010, Kristin was part of a faculty-student curriculum development committee that created the SAFS curriculum over the course of several years. The curriculum was designed to provide high quality educational experiences – through classroom and field-based learning – that leads graduates to advanced studies and jobs in sustainable agriculture, community food systems advocacy, agricultural policy, and related fields.
Farm School NYC is a decentralized, non-credit bearing certificate program that engages students in learning these hands-on farming and culinary skills along with conceptual tools for understanding oppression and justice in the food system. From its launch in 2010 until 2014, Kristin was a member of the School’s academic and curriculum committee, helping to guide Farm School’s pedagogical trajectory.