Kate Hale Wilson joined the English Department in the fall of 1987, at which time her research focused on nineteenth-century British literature, culture and history—specifically on the working-class author Robert Tressell (The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists). She completed her doctorate from Michigan State University in the summer of 1994. During her years at UW-Eau Claire, she developed teaching interests in womens' literature and—inspired by the work of Carolyn Forché—in texts created from the intersection of the political and the personal: the “literature of witness." Since the late 1990s, she has been reading extensively in literary non-fiction focused on the natural world, including the work of Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. From these interests came her contribution to the development of the Environment, Society, & Culture minor. Kate is a founding member of the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies. To those interested in learning more about the intersection of literature and the environment, she recommends ASLE, an affiliate organization of the MLA. At the state level, she served for six years as a member of the advisory group of the UW- System Initiative on the Liberal Arts & Sciences. In 2008, Chancellor Levin-Stankevich appointed her to the new position of “Sustainability Fellow,” which she held for a three-year term.