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Doctorate of Philosophy specializing in Native American Cultural Resources with over 250 graduate credits including: 113 graduate hours devoted to Native American Studies; 144 graduate hours in Philosophy / Religious Studies / English; and 84 graduate hours in Forestry, History and Social Sciences earned at the University of Montana (1980-1987). All but comprehensive examinations and dissertation for Philosophy doctorate at the University of Georgia (1984-1985); two master degrees – Philosophy and Religious Studies/Native American Traditions - from University of Montana (1984); and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, Seattle (1980).

Fellowships and awards include: Oxford Round Table – Jesus College fellow – Religion (2008); two Fulbright awards – Lecturer (1992-1993) Germany and Research Chair (2005-2006) Canada; a D’arcy McNickle Center fellowship (1995) Newberry Library, Chicago; two faculty renewal fellowships at Stanford University; two regional and / or national officer terms in academic organizations; two teaching awards; and two graduate studies awards.


Degrees | Fellowships/Academic Offices/Awards/Honors



Postdoctoral: Visiting Scholar, University of Montana, Department of Religious Studies - specializing in Northwest Plains Indian Traditions, 1987-'88.

Ph.D., University of Montana, Forestry: Native American Cultural   Resources (w/Religious Studies, Philosophy & English concentrations) - Native American Religious Studies specialization  (250 graduate credit hours), 1987. 

Course Work Distribution: Native American Studies emphasis 113 graduate hours; Philosophy / Religious Studies / English 144 graduate hours; and Forestry / History and Social Sciences 84 graduate hours.

Dissertation abstracted in Ethnographic Bibliography of North America, supplement to the 4th Edition, volume 3: Citations.  Edited by M. Marlene Martin and Timothy J. O'Leary.  New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press, 1990.  23296. Vest, Jay Hansford Charles.  Wilderness and environmental ethics: a philosophy of wilderness praxis.  Dissertation Abstracts International, 48, no. 6 (Dec. 1987):1470-A.  UM 8720734.  REGION(S): General North America.  DESCRIPTOR(S): Ecology; Religion.   Director: Dr. Alan McQuillan (Forestry: Wilderness Institute); committee: Dr. Joseph Epes Brown (Religious Studies), Dr. Thomas H. Birch (Philosophy), Dr. Arnold W. Bolle (Dean Emeritus, Forestry), Dr. Paul A. Dietrich (Religious Studies), Dr. Charles Jonkel (Environmental Studies), and Dr. Robert R. Ream (Wildlife Studies).

Doctoral Studies (all but comprehensive exams and dissertation), The University of Georgia, Philosophy: Environmental Ethics and Anthropology, 1984-'85.

M.I.S., University of Montana, Interdisciplinary - Native American Traditions: Religious Studies - Ethnology - Literature, 1984. 

M.A., University of Montana, Philosophy: the Philosophy of Ecology, 1984.

B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, General Studies, 1980.

A.A.S., Green River College, Auburn, WA, Forestry, 1972.


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Fellowships/Academic Offices/Awards/Honors:

Fellow: Oxford Round Table – Religion: The Politics of Peace and Conflict - Jesus College, Oxford, England, United Kingdom (July 2008).

Fulbright Fellowship to Canada, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, D.C. (2005-2006) at School of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Fellowship: Indian Voices Program, D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian.  Newberry Library, Chicago (June-July 1995).  Review of the D'Arcy McNickle Papers.

Postdoctoral Seminar/Fellowship: The Program for Faculty Renewal, Stanford University.  Workshop: "Multiculturalism, Technology, and the Arts in the 90's," lead by Professor Gerald Vizenor (University of California, Berkeley) and others, Stanford, CA (August 1994).

Postdoctoral Seminar/Fellowship: The Program for Faculty Renewal, Stanford University.  Workshop: "Native American Technicity," lead by Professor Paula Gunn Allen (U.C.L.A.) and Professor Jane Caputi (University of New Mexico), La Jolla, CA (March 1994).

Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1992-1993) at  Fakultät für Sprach und Literaturwissenschaften -- Amerikanistik, Universität Bamberg, Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany.

National Officer: Executive Council, Western American Literature Association (1993-1996).

Regional Officer: Chair, Native American and Minority Religious Traditions, Pacific Northwest Region, American Academy of Religion (1990-1992).

 Award: Certificate of Significant Contributions to the quality of life for students at ASU West.  Student Affairs Office, ASU West (Spring 1995).

Award: Certificate of Appreciation as an outstanding faculty member, Disability Resource Center, ASU West (Fall 1994).

William C. Shepard Memorial Award, Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting, American Academy of Religion ( April 1987) [Outstanding Paper: "Traditional Blackfeet Religion and the Sacred Badger-Two Medicine Wildlands"].

Erasmus Scholarship, Department of Philosophy, University of Montana (1983-1984).

Honor: Traditional Pikuni (Blackfeet) name (honorary adoption): Misinsskitokaan  -- Badger Head -- given by elder Joe Crowshoe, Sr. (Weasel Tail), Brocket, Alberta, CANADA (June, 1989).


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