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Susan Tomlinson

Dr. Susan Tomlinson
Assistant Dean

Associate Professor

Director of EVHM

McClellan 201B

About Dr. Tomlinson

Dr. Susan Tomlinson has a BFA in Studio Art, and an MS and Ph.D. in Geology from Texas Tech University. She teaches interdisciplinary studies in nature and the arts as part of the Honors College’s Environment and the Humanities degree program (EVHM).

In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband, dogs, and cats. She also spends a lot of time gardening and carving canoe paddles.

Kurt Caswell

Professor Kurt Caswell
Associate Professor

McClellan 201A

About Kurt Caswell

Kurt Caswell was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has lived in Idaho off and on since 1987. Before coming to Texas Tech, he worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. He holds an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and an MFA in literature and creative writing from Bennington College, where he was recipient of the Lucy Grealy Memorial Scholarship. He was a 2001 fellow at Fishtrap writers’ conference, and a 2007 fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

Caswell is the author of two books: An Inside Passage (University of Nebraska Press), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize; and In the Sun´s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (Trinity University Press). He is the lead editor of a book of nature essays, To Everything on Earth (Texas Tech University Press, 2010).

Caswell teaches creative writing and literature, especially in the Environment and the Humanities degree program.

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Mark McGinley

Dr. Mark McGinley
Assistant Dean

Associate Professor

McClellan 215

About Dr. McGinley

Mark McGinley is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Honors College and the Department of Biological Sciences. Originally from Thousand Oaks California, he earned a BA in Zoology from University of California, Santa Barbara, an MS in Biology from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Dr. McGinley began at Tech in 1991 and moved to the Honors College in 2005 where he is heavily involved in the EVHM degree. Dr. McGinley has scholarly interests in plant and animal ecology, science education, environmental issues, and marine conservation. He works closely with the Encyclopedia of Earth (, an online source in reliable information about the environment.

In the Honors College he teaches Honors Integrated Science & Lab, Ecology for EVHM, and a variety of environmental-based seminars and FYE courses. In the Biology Department he teaches Introductory Biology, Field Ecology, and Tropical Marine Biology (in Belize). Dr. McGinley likes to add a field component to his courses whenever possible.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. McGinley was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Biology at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition to teaching at the University of Malaya and developing environmental education materials about Malaysia, Dr. McGinley was able to travel extensively around Malaysia so enjoy Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity and the amazing biological diversity of Malaysian rainforests and coral reefs ( Much of Dr. McGinley’s free time revolves around scuba diving, so he is often teaching scuba courses, planning his next trip, or traveling.