Rhonda D. Davis, Ph.D., is a 2019 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University, New England.

Dissertation Committee:

  • Alesia Maltz, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth McCann, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Douglas Hume, Ph.D., Committee Member


narrative inquiry, environmental humanities, college composition, higher education, worldview

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While the environment has long played a role in humanistic expressions and investigations, the need for a more integrated look at the human-environment relationship has become ever more pressing. More than ever, humanities scholars are recognizing their ability to mobilize critical and creative action to address pressing socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and socioenvironmental problems. Teaching and engaging students through interdisciplinary methods, connecting students and communities, developing a sense of agency and responsibility for planetary sustainability has become a visible focus in higher education. My study aimed to understand how an environmental humanities class affects, if at all, the way students construct worldview. The study was conducted in an undergraduate writing class and used narrative inquiry to analyze two student artifacts developed at different times within a sixteen-week semester. I hoped to understand how what happens in the time between the construction of the first and last assignments may contribute to shifts in student worldview. This dissertation concludes with proposals for how the environmental humanities may be included in higher education and public scholarship. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, OhioLINK ETD Center,


Rhonda D. Davis Ph.D.

ORCID Scholar ID: 0000-0001-9402-3729