Professor of Public Policy and Environmental Law
What do you teach at COA?
Public Policy and Environmental Law
Where did you go to school?
I received my B.A. from Hiram College and my J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
What are you teaching this year?
This year's list of classes includes Advanced International Environmental Law; Human Ecology Core Course; Introduction to the Legal Process; International Wildlife Policy and Protected Areas; and Whitewater/Whitepaper.
How do you think COA differs from other colleges?
Although I was the product of a solid liberal arts education, that education was parceled into separate disciplines with the artificial walls of majors and very few ways to integrate different ways of understanding the world. As I encountered various environmental and political issues in my work, it became increasingly clear that the world didn't really fit into the neat disciplinary boxes of my training. There weren't environmental problems, separate from social problems, separate from economic problems, legal problems, aesthetic problems, etc; there were just problems and the world needed people who could see the problems for what they were, even in all their complexity, and begin to solve them.
That is what drew me to the college. H.G. Wells remarked that "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." The world needs people who are not limited by disciplinary thinking but can master disciplines and move beyond them. That is the great promise of COA for me; it offers a vision of education that can move beyond where traditional education systems have left off. And we need that desperately.