- Additional Programs
- Environmental Studies
Diane Munroe works in the environmental studies program, where she has served as the coordinator for community-based teaching, learning, and research since 2001. Coming to Middlebury from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MS Hyrdrogeology ‘98, MS Water Resources Management ‘99) and work with the UW-Extension as a watershed educator, this position has allowed her to continue the rewarding work of fostering collaborations between colleges & universities and community organizations. Diane is an avid runner-also serving as the faculty affiliate for the women’s cross-country team-and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and cooking.
Community-Engaged Environmental Studies Practicum
In this course students work in small groups with one of a variety of partners and organizations to complete a semester-long, community-engaged project. Project themes vary by term and typically focus on local and regional environmental issues that have broader application. Projects rely on students’ creativity, interdisciplinary perspectives, skills, and knowledge developed through their previous work. The project is guided by a faculty member and carried out with a high degree of independence by the students. Students will prepare for and direct their project work through readings and discussion, independent research, collaboration with project partners, and consultation with external experts. The course may also include workshops focused on developing key skills (e.g., interviewing, public speaking, video editing). The project culminates in a public presentation of students’ final products, which may various forms such as written reports, policy white papers, podcasts, or outreach materials. (Open to Juniors and Seniors) (ENVS 0112, ENVS 0211, ENVS 0215, GEOG 0120 or GEOG 0150) 3 hrs. sem./3 hrs. lab