Part-Time Faculty, Folk Studies
A native of southern Indiana, Nic Hartmann graduated from the Folk Studies program in 2009 with an M.A. in Public Folklore. A doctoral candidate in folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Nic is currently writing his thesis on gender and family life of offshore oil workers in Newfoundland, and currently works as the Public Scholarship Coordinator for WKU's Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
Having previously taught folklore courses at Memorial, Nic began teaching for the department in the spring of 2013, teaching both Cultural Diversity in the U.S. and Ethnomusicology. He is currently teaching the Cultural Diversity course as a service-learning course, and incorporates the $100 Solution™ Project into his classes as a way for students to engage in community work while learning the fundamental concepts of both folklore and diversity. He is an active part of the Community-Based Folklore working group, as well as a contributor to The Boiled Down Juice, a folklore publication started by WKU Folk Studies alum Meredith Martin-Moats.
Outside of teaching and service work, Nic is highly interested in gardening and dance, and is working to incorporate both into his research. He has also collaborated with his ethnomusicologist wife, Jen, on a cultural sustainability study of community music spaces in Nova Scotia. They live in Bowling Green with their daughter, who shares her parents' passion for dancing and can often be seen tagging along at conferences.
Courses I teach:
FLK 280: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.