SCC Webinar

Administration and Assessment of SHES-style Programs

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

This webinar is Part 3 in the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable webinar series

Presenters on behalf of the SHES Roundtable:

Michael A. Reiter

Bethune-Cookman University

Richard Smardon
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Stephen S. Mulkey

President Emeritus, Unity College

The Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems (SHES) Roundtable, which first met in 2009, represents an ongoing effort by academics, program directors, administrators, environmental agency personnel, and practitioners to produce a living set of consensus-based recommendations concerning the pedagogical and administrative aspects of interdisciplinary and higher-order sustainability education. The Roundtable’s vision is the emergence of societies that facilitate, enhance, and sustain indefinitely in that facilitated or enhanced state the well-being of human individuals, their communities, and their environments, while its pedagogical goal is to empower learners to contribute to the realization of that vision.

This webinar is Part III of this three-part series and will focus on the administration and assessment of SHES-style programs, including support for SHES faculty and curricula, possible designs for SHES-style programs, institutional support and recognition for SHES faculty and programs, and assessment strategies applicable to interdisciplinary and higher-order SHES programs. The seminar will present administrative examples as well as suggestions for moving existing programs toward designs supportive of a SHES-style approach to sustainability education.

Part I of this series in January focused on the background of the SHES Roundtable including the forces that brought it together and informed its work, and the fundamentals of the SHES view of the academic field including the SHES vision, mission, and goal. The video recording is available here.

Part II in February focused on the pedagogy of the SHES approach to sustainability education, including the general outlines of the approach, specific pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement it in the classroom, and an example of a course that illustrates its use. The video recording is available here.

Michael A. Reiter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio, an M.S. in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. His primary research is in integrated ecosystem management, focusing on the development and application of interdisciplinary stakeholder-based methods for addressing wicked environmental problems from a systems perspective. Dr. Reiter is also a principal developer of Combined Ecological-Societal Systems Modeling and the Integrated Assessment and Ecosystem Management Protocol, a combination that meets the need for a truly integrated ecosystem management method. He is a past President and Counselor for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, Associate Editor for the international journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, and a founding Co-Chair of the Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, a growing effort to establish proposals for the design and development of interdisciplinary and higher-order environmental courses and programs in higher education. Dr. Reiter has been a PI or Co-PI for over $27 million in funded individual and consortium grants from sources including NOAA, USDA, the DuPont Foundation, and Carnegie-Mellon, has over 50 refereed publications in several different fields of study, has received multiple university and national awards for his teaching and research, and has been invited to numerous countries to present his work (including an opening parallel workshop of the UN Rio+20 summit in Brazil). His goal is to emphasize the importance of making scientifically informed, broadly based decisions concerning present and future environmental sustainability concerns, and to help ensure that such broadly trained individuals exist in the near future.

Richard Smardon is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environmental Studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written six books: The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983); Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986); and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993), Sustaining the World’s Wetlands (2009), and The Renewable Energy Landscape with Routledge Taylor and Francis in 2017. He is co-author with three others of Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Environmental Justice published in 2018 by Earthscan/ Routledge and a seventh book Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems published by CRC/Routledge. He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and is now chairing the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Journal of Sustainability Research, Urban Planning and Water. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation.

Stephen S. Mulkey is an environmental scientist dedicated to developing undergraduate and graduate programming to build society’s capacity for environmental mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Mulkey was the president of Unity College in Unity, Maine from 2011 through 2015. His leadership and forward-looking vision resulted in Unity College being the first college in the U.S. to divest its endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies, and the first college in the U.S. to adopt sustainability science as the framework for all academic programming. During and after earning his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, he spent over twenty years as a forest ecologist affiliated with the Smithsonian. Mulkey has served as tenured faculty at three research intensive public universities and as a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

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