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Ph.D. in English New Mexico State University
Educational Background and Teaching
Dr. Chiaviello joined UHD in 1999, and teaches environmental writing, writing for the media, and history and theory courses in rhetoric. He earned the PhD in rhetoric and professional communication in 1998 at New Mexico State University, writing a dissertation that analyzed the rhetoric of the environmental conflict over private livestock grazing on the public lands of the American West. Chiaviello previously earned the MA in mass communications at the University of Denver, the AB in liberal arts at Oberlin College, and an AA at Kauai Community College in Lihue, Hawaii.
Research Interests, Publications, and Presentations
Research interests include travel writing and the environment, while a continuing, long-term project involves the formulation of an “ecological ethics” – an emerging form of environmental ethics based on the scientific principles of ecology. Dr. Chiaviello published a seminal article on this concept in the Chinese journal, Tamkang Review in 2006, and has co-authored environmental and geographical encyclopedia articles with his writing students.
A recent project was a 2009 presentation at an interdisciplinary conference in Berlin, Germany, on the British author Graham Greene and his travels in Mexico.
Professional Experience Outside of Academia
Prior to taking up college teaching in 1987, Chiaviello was a business public relations representative in Boston and Cincinnati working with high-technology industries, including telecom, aerospace, and satellite communications. He served as an Army journalist and photographer during the Vietnam War, with the US Army’s 1st Signal Brigade in Saigon and An Khe, Vietnam, after which he edited the post newspaper at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Chiaviello attended college on the GI Bill and has been active in professional writing for many years, having published a wide variety of nonfiction articles.
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