Originally from Northeast Ohio, Christopher Nank has been a Floridian since 1998, with a brief stop in the DC area mixed in. He got his BA in English from Ohio University and MA and PhD in Literature from Florida State University. His interests have ranged all over the place throughout his career; currently he’s been into eco-critical readings of contemporary and historical literature, and looking at depictions of climate change and apocalypse in literature and media.
When did you first become a member of FCEA?
I joined in 2014.
Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?
To be honest, I was thinking of quitting academia back when I joined; it’s done nothing less than help me rediscover my enthusiasm for literature, teaching, and writing!
What do you do for FCEA as our treasurer?
Handling, reviewing, managing the Association’s finances!
What would you like FCEA Members to know about how your position on the Board impacts them and their membership?
Everything we do/provide at our conferences (and beyond) requires money, from your membership and registration fees to funds we receive from publishers to set up displays; it’s primarily my job to make sure we’re operating within our limits and means!
How long have you been on the FCEA board?
Why did you decide to become a FCEA Board Member?
I was invited, and I’d wanted to become more involved in FCEA for several years.
What are the benefits of being on the FCEA Board?
Meeting and working with a lot of cool and friendly people, primarily! But it’s also been great having a voice in some of the guiding decisions we make as an association.
What advice do you have for anyone who might be thinking about becoming an FCEA Board Member?
Go for it if you have the opportunity! So far, for me, it’s been fun and engaging.