Auburn University names new Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

AUBURN – Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey has named Nanette Chadwick as Director of Academic Sustainability Programs.

Chadwick will work with faculty from a diverse range of departments on campus as she oversees sustainability academic programs, including various aspects of the sustainability minor. In addition, she will pursue grant funding to support and expand existing sustainability programming. She will work in conjunction with Michael Kensler, who serves in the newly created position of Director of Campus Sustainability Operations.

“Dr. Chadwick brings to the position a solid understanding of sustainability theory and its application,” Mazey said. “As an associate professor at Auburn, she draws on 20 years of experience as a researcher and educator in the fields of environmental sciences and aquatic ecology not only in her academic pursuits but also in her outreach to students in local schools.”

Chadwick joined the Auburn faculty in 2004 and is an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“I look forward to working with all of the academic units on campus to integrate sustainability more fully into our teaching and research activities,” said Chadwick. “As our university prepares for the future, the concepts and practice of sustainability will become increasingly important, especially as we train the next generation to meet the challenges of a changing and internationally connected world.”

Chadwick received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980 and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. Before joining the Auburn faculty, Chadwick was an associate professor at Bar Ilan University, Ramaat Gan, Israel, from 1994 to 2004.

In 2008, Auburn recognized sustainability as one of its core values by promoting what had been its Sustainability Initiative to the designation of the Office of Sustainability and also introduced the interdisciplinary minor in sustainability.

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