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Webinar: Bending Towards Justice: Evolving Sustainability Education at Prescott College
March 29, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDTFree
The PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott College, the first of its kind in North America, attracts a transdisciplinary cadre of students/scholars/activists committed to social and environmental justice as enacted in curriculum and pedagogy, communication, and leadership. We, the Prescott College PhD Core Faculty, convened around the following question: What can we learn about the evolution of the field of Sustainability Education through a discursive analysis of our students’ dissertations since the program’s inception in 2005? Through inductive analysis and reflexive member checking, we identified the following concepts as organizing principles: learning, leading, expressing, doing, and being. The findings have implications for practice, both as we reflexively better understand the collective nature of the students’ scholarship, and consider directions for curriculum and scholarship development to innovate in the field of Sustainability Education with an unrelenting commitment to justice as the focal point. This is an expression of a reflexive praxis that program faculty can do to inform future directions. We will conclude by posing the question to the attendees: What reflexive practices might you engage in to be more intentional and responsive in your teaching and leadership platforms in the Sustainability field?
Emily Affolter, Director and Faculty of the PhD in Sustainability Education, Prescott College
Emily Affolter is the director of Prescott College’s Sustainability Education doctoral Program, as she works daily with an ideologically and identity diverse cadre of innovators/students in the program and it fuels her greatly.
Emily has been faculty in Prescott’s Ph.D. program teaching foundations of research and scholarship and advising a constellation of Prescott graduate students for some years now. Concurrently, until July 2019, Emily worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Equity Consultant for the University of Washington’s Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) in Seattle, WA. Her work at CERSE involved research, program evaluation, resource development, and facilitating interventions to advance and bolster diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplaces, academic environments, and beyond. Emily continues to help schools and school leaders (K-16) integrate and facilitate more equitable and just pedagogies, practices, and policies.
Gretchen Gano, Faculty, Prescott College
Gretchen Gano is a Science and Technology Studies scholar and Director of Research and Faculty of Education in the PhD. in Sustainability Education program at Prescott College. She studies how diverse publics intervene in complex environmental problems and in urban life to catalyze policy and social change. She analyzes the design of dialog processes that involve the public in policy debate about scientific and technical issues, known as participatory technology assessment.
Rosaleen Gilmore, Faculty, Prescott College
Rosaleen Gilmore (she/they) is core faculty and statistical consultant for the Sustainability Education Ph.D. Program. Dr. Gilmore believes that learning is not the result of being taught, but of being given the space, resources, and community in which to explore new ideas. She therefore continues to work to de-center herself from her teaching and research work, to focus on the experiences of learners and community co-researchers. Her research focuses on human connections and intra-actions with nature and more-than-human others in high mountain and open ocean spaces.
Kimberley Greeson, Faculty, Prescott College
Kimberley Greeson (she/they) is core faculty for Prescott College’s Sustainability Education doctoral program. As an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar, their academic work focuses on the biopolitics of conservation and environmental issues concerning human/nature relationships, more-than-human entanglements, and decolonizing pedagogy and research.
Scott Ramsey, Faculty, Prescott College
Scott Ramsey (he/him) is core faculty for Prescott College’s Sustainability Education doctoral program, teaching a wide range of courses including Climate Advocacy and Praxis, Sustainability Principles and Practice, and Academic Writing. As a lifelong learner, Scott’s passion for the natural world fuels his desire to teach, engage, and inspire students to create a sustainable and just future through education and stewardship. Scott’s decades of involvement as a wilderness guide and environmental educator inspired him to start the Alaska Outdoor Science School, which celebrates the wisdom of nature through multi-day programs that highlight the nexus between social and environmental justice.