Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Patrice Langevin
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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Pitzer College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.03 / 12.00 Angelica Gonzalez Apple
Assistant Director
Robert Redford Conservancy
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Bill Anthes, Professor of Art and Art History
Jessica McCoy, Professor of Art
Tim Berg, Professor of Art
Brinda Sarathy, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Melinda Herrold Menzies, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Paul Faulstich, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Lance Neckar, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Susan Phillips, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Muriel Poston, Professor of Environmental Analysis
Colin Robins, Professor of Environmental Science
Branwen Williams, Professor of Environmental Science
Katie Purvis Roberts, Professor of Environmental Science
Will Barndt, Professor Political Science
Erich Steinman, Professor of Sociology
Michelle Berenfeld, Professor of Classics
Tessa Hicks Peterson, Community Engagement Center
Leda Martins, Professor of Anthropology
Joe Parker, Professor of International and Intercultural Studies
Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies
Sarah Gilman, Professor of Biology
Marion Preest, Professor of Biology
Don McFarlane, Professor of Biology

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Pitzer College describes sustainability research as scholarship and pedagogy that engages with social, ecological and economic sustainability. In sum, we see scholarship that addresses social inequality as well as environmental challenges as both linked to sustainability research. In order to complete this section, we looked at each faculty member's profile at the college and determined whether their work fell into the broad category of social, ecological, or economic sustainability.

Pitzer College is a liberal arts institution, which prioritizes values of environmental sustainability and community engagement. Many of our faculty thus implicitly or explicitly address questions, teaching and research around sustainability.

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Below are some highlights of faculty and staff engagement, including research, around sustainability. Some student work is also included, since this was directed by faculty mentors. This is not a comprehensive list. Please visit individual web pages of faculty and staff listed in this section for further details on accomplishments.

D’Arcangelis, Gwen, and Brinda Sarathy. 2015. “Enacting Environmental Justice through the Undergraduate Classroom: The Transformative Potential of Community Engaged Partnerships.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 8(2).

Grady Benson, Jessica and Brinda Sarathy. 2015. “Fossil Fuel Divestment in U.S. Higher Education: Student Led Organizing for Climate Justice.” Local Environment. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1009825

Anthes, Bill. Edgar Heap of Birds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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