Nora Timmerman, PhD

Nora Timmerman Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Sustainable Communities and First Year Seminar
Blg SBS West 70 Rm #282
Phone: 928-523-5222

Research and academic interests

My passion is to teach about issues of social and ecological importance, within local communities and places, and for societal and cultural transformation. My pedagogical approach utilizes various forms of active, experiential, and critical-reflexive learning designed to encourage growth within students and active engagement within the community.

My research interests are in eco-philosophy, socio-ecological justice, higher education, and scholar-activism. I utilize broad conceptions of education that examine its role as a socio-cultural institution. In particular, I take up ecofeminist and critical place-based theory in inquiries that look at the day-to-day experiences and relationships of individuals and communities within place.

Courses taught 

Education and Sustainable Communities, Graduate Seminar

Visions of Sustainable Communities, Graduate Seminar

Global Contexts of Sustainable Communities, Graduate Seminar

Achieving Sustainable Communities, Graduate Capstone

What is Education For? First Year Seminar

Apps & Ads: Today’s Media Literacy, First Year Seminar

Public Art for Public Good, First Year Seminar

Trash Talk: Waste in Our World, First Year Seminar

Environmental Aesthetics, First Year Seminar

Critical Thinking: Frameworks, Methods & Challenges, Teacher education course

Land, Food and Community, Undergraduate community-based research


2013 - PhD in Education Studies, University of British Colombia

     Emphasis in ecological philosophy and higher education

Partial MA in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia

2004 - Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS), Summa Cum Laude, Arizona State University

    Concentrations in Political Studies and Environmental Geography

    Minor in Dance


Nurturing a very rich life with two energetic boys, a caring partner, supportive community of family, friends, and colleagues, Nora recently moved back to Arizona after nine years in beautiful British Columbia. Her academic work is enhanced as much as possible through her connection to the land - through backpacking, gardening, or simply daydreaming. With a specific focus on teaching and supervision, Nora's work allows her to express her ecological ethic through the inspiring and evolving relationships she creates with students, colleagues, and community members.  

Recent Publications


Timmerman, N. (under book contract, manuscript complete Sept. 2017). Conspiring toward integrity in contradictory times: Stories for and by educators concerned with ecological & social (in)justice. (Re)Thinking Environmental Education Series. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Timmerman, N. (in press). Vulnerable, but not silent: Exploring discourses of fear surrounding NTT faculty. In Munene, I., Fole, J., & Renner, K. Prometheus unchained: Contextualizing and organizing contingent faculty to reclaim academic labor in universities. Lexington Books.

Timmerman, N. (forthcoming). (Eco)Portraiture: Storying research possibilities for and with the more-than-human. In Blenkinsop, S., Fettes, M., & Piersol, L. Ecoportraiture in education: Learning and storying with the more-than-human. Peter Lang.

Piersol, L, & Timmerman, N. (2017) Reimagining environmental education within academia: Storytelling and dialogue as lived ecofeminist politics. Journal of Environmental Education, 48(1), pp. 10-17.

Timmerman, N. (June, 2015). Public scholarship, democracy, and environmental education: Civil disobedience, collective organizing, and activism for the public good. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Environmental Education Special Interest Group 2016 Call for Proposals.

Timmerman, N. & Ostertag, J. (2011). Too many monkeys jumping in their heads: Animal lessons within young children’s media. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 16, 54-70.

Creeping Snowberry & Blenkinsop, S. (2010). “Why are those leaves red?” Making sense of the complex symbols: Ecosemiotics in education. The Trumpeter 26(3), pp. 50-60.

McKenzie, M., Russell, C., Fawcett, L., & Timmerman, N. (2010). Popular media, intersubjective learning, and cultural production. In R. Stevenson, & J. Dillon (Eds.), Environmental education: Learning, culture, and agency. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Timmerman, N., & Metcalfe, A. S. (2009). From policy to pedagogy: The implications of sustainability policy on sustainability pedagogy in higher education. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 39(1), 45-60.

McKenzie, M., & Timmerman, N. (2008). The relationality of web-based hypermedia research: A working example in teacher education. In S. Springgay, R. Irwin, C. Leggo, & P. Gouzouasis (Eds.), Being with art/o/graphy. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.