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Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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Southern Oregon University
ER-16: Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

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Complete 3.12 / 10.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
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The number of faculty members engaged in sustainability research:
17

The total number of faculty members engaged in research:
218

Names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:

Paul Blanton,Environmental Studies
John Gutrich, Environmental Studies
Ric Holt, Economics
Donald Hunsaker, Environmental Studies
Steven Jessup, Biology
Greg Jones, Geography/Environmental Studies
Byron Marlowe, Business
Michael Parker, Biology
James Phillips, Native American Studies/International Studies/Anthropology
Jessica Piekielek, Anthropology
Narcisa Pricope, Environmental Studies
George Quainoo, Physics and Engineering
Dan Rubenson, Economics/Social Sciences, Policy & Culture
Steve Schein, Business
Mark Shibley, Sociology/Environmental Studies
Eva Skuratowicz, Sociology
Vincent Smith, Sociology/Environmental Studies


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Brief descriptions of up to 4 recent notable accomplishments by faculty engaged in sustainability research, including names and department affiliations:

Mark Shibley, a professor in SOU's Sociology and Environmental Studies programs, is currently completing a survey of public opinion about the Ashland Forest Resiliency (AFR) Stewardship Project as part of the community-based multiparty monitoring effort related to AFR. It is collaborative work between SOU, The Nature Conservancy, City of Ashland, USForest Service and Lomakatsi Restoration Project.

Gregory Jones, a professor in SOU's geography program, is engaged in sustainability research in agriculture, specifically looking at viticulture and wine production. He examines methods for growers that lead to more triple bottom line sustainability, especially in the face of climate change. The main goal is to help growers and producers understand sustainable practices and maximize their adaptive capacity, which therefore decreases their vulnerability to change, providing a longer lived business model.

Steve Schein, a professor in SOU's Business department, has developed two new classes, BA 483 Sustainability Leadership and BA 490 Case Studies for Corporate Sustainability, as well as the Sustainablity Leadership Certificate Program, during the last two years. He has also presented his research on corporate sustainability and developing sustainable leadership mindsets at the International Conference on Business and Sustainability at Portland State University. Schein also completed a paper entitled "Maximizing the Shared Value of Corporate Social Initiatives: A 3C's Approach" this year and is submitting it for publication in various journals. He is also working on two books: "Developing the Mindsets of Sustainable Leadership" and "How Corporations are Changing for a Sustainable Future."

Richard P.F. Holt is professor of economics at Southern Oregon University. He has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books including A New Guide to Post Keynesian Economics (Routledge, 2001) and the prize-winning The Changing Face of Economics ( University of Michigan Press, 2004). His latest books include European Economics at a Crossroads (Edward Elgar, 2010), the prize-winning Local Economic Development in the 21st Century: Quality of Life and Sustainability ( M.E.Sharpe, 2010) and the edited volume Post Keynesian and Ecological Economics: Confronting Environmental Issues (Edward Elgar, 2009). He has also published over sixty articles and book reviews in a variety of academic journals. His research areas include environmental and ecological economics, Post Keynesian economics, history of economic thought, complexity economics and game theory. His present projects are editing a single volume of letters by John Kenneth Galbraith for Cambridge University Press and A Brighter Future: Increasing the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation for M.E. Sharpe.


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The inventory of faculty engaged in sustainability research was compiled using information from the previous inventory coupled with responses from a faculty survey distributed using the qualitative snowball approach. Faculty identified in previous inventories that are no longer engaged in research were removed from this list.

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