Governance


Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves as the certificate steering committee and meets at least once per semester to support and advise the Director of the program.

The Advisory Board is comprised of the Director and representatives from each participating college, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, Office of Sustainability, Graduate School, and additional faculty as needed to provide balanced representation from each area of sustainability (economic, social, and ecological). Board members will serve two-year renewable terms.

One chief task of the Board is to review courses for inclusion in the certificate. The Director will compile and forward a list of nominated courses to the Board for approval at least once a semester. The Board will periodically review courses previously submitted to make sure their inclusion in the certificate remains appropriate.

Other responsibilities of the Board include identifying the academic home for the certificate with input from participating deans on a 3-year rotation or renewal basis, selecting the program Director, advising the Director regarding student capstone projects and internships as needed, overseeing disbursement and use of certificate program funds, and generally serving as ambassadors of the certificate, encouraging students, recruiting faculty participation, and periodically attending or presenting at the certificate seminar.

Name Department
Jesse Abrams Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Malcolm Adams Mathematics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Tyra Byers Certificate Director, Office of Sustainability
Katie Foster PhD Candidate, Integrative Conservation and Anthropology
Gary Hawkins College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Elizabeth Gallant King Odum School of Ecology, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
Kevin Kirsche Office of Sustainability
William Kisaalita School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Jane McPherson Social Work
Katalin Medvedev Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Nathan Nibbelink Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Alfred Vick College of Environment and Design
Richard Watson Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business

By-Laws

  1. Membership in the Affiliate Faculty of the certificate shall be determined by the Advisory Board, following these guidelines:
    1. a member of this Faculty shall be a regular teacher of an approved course in the Certificate Program, or
    2. shall have within the past two years directed a capstone project for the Certificate or
    3. shall be engaged in research or publication in the area of the Certificate.
  2. New faculty and courses may be added at any meeting of the Advisory Board.
  3. Requirements for the Graduate or Undergraduate Certificates shall be modified as warranted by the Advisory Board and approved by the appropriate University committees and schools.
  4. The Certificate Program shall be supervised by the Director, including scheduling of courses through the Registrar's Office, administration of the budget, and solicitation of funds to support the Program. The Director shall report directly to the Dean of the host college and shall carry out the work of the certificate in consultation with the Advisory Board.
  5. The Advisory Board shall oversee the program, approve new courses, oversee disbursement and use of program funds, and revise program requirements over time. The Advisory Board will be comprised of the Director and representatives from each participating college, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, Office of Sustainability, Graduate School, and additional faculty as needed to provide balanced representation from each area of sustainability (economic, social, and ecological). Advisory Board members will serve two-year renewable terms.
  6. These By-Laws shall be subject to amendment by approval of two-thirds of the members of the Advisory Board present at a called meeting.

Assessment

The assessment plan for the Certificate in Sustainability is responsible for evaluating student performance and the certificate program to ensure each graduate of the program possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to be environmental stewards in all their future endeavors.

Download Assessment Plan (PDF)