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Wake Forest University

The Sustainability Graduate Programs core curriculum and electives are taught by faculty from multiple departments in the Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, as well as the School of Law and the School of Business. Our program’s inclusion of leading faculty members from a majority of the University’s schools and academic units makes it distinct among all other sustainability focused graduate degrees.

LEAD FACULTY:

Dr.
Rebecca
Dickson

Graduate School Professor, Environmental Science

SUS 701: GLOBAL HUMAN SYSTEMS

Dr. Rebecca Dickson is a strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Geography from Clark University. She is an experienced spatial analyst and educator with a demonstrated history of working for non-profits, private companies and in the higher education industry. She is skilled in GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, and Spatial Modeling with a focus on Ecosystem Services, Land Cover Change and Sustainability.

Roian
Atwood

Senior Director of Global Sustainable Business

SUS 702 SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Roian Atwood has more than 15 years' experience as a sustainability practitioner within apparel and footwear companies. Atwood is currently the Senior Director of Global Sustainable Business at Kontoor Brands, a division of VF Corporation. He is also a lecturer and Executive-in-Residence at WFU's Sustainability Graduate Program teaching practical skills-based management tools to create sustainable organizations. With prior positions at American Apparel and Sole Technology, Atwood leads brand sustainability strategy, engages suppliers globally to drive greater social and environmental performance, and works cross-functionally with product development and marketing to create more sustainable products and share brand relevant stories. He holds a Master's of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Norman
Fraley

Research Fellow / Principal Scientist II

SUS 703: NATURAL SCIENCE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Norman Fraley has 30 years experience in method development and contract research in Food, Environmental, Aerospace, Clinical and Agriculture industries. Fraley has worked with laboratories, food companies, clinical diagnostics, staffing companies, schools, NGOs and foreign governments to find solutions that work within the constraints unique to their situations. The key to his success has been to build resilient diverse teams, and to evangelize the organization’s vision. With good management and a shared vision, amazing things happen. Fraley also works as the Executive Director of the Frolich Institute and volunteers as a Project Program Manager for NutriAfrica.

Vanessa
Zboreak
SUS 704: SUSTAINABILITY LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Vanessa Zboreak joined Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011 and currently teaches LAWR and a seminar in Food Law and Policy as well as a portion of the Public Law course in the MSL program. Her previous roles at Wake Forest University have been as a PEM Fellow in the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the School of Law. Her research centers around land use law as a public policy instrument, particularly state and local government land use policies influencing food systems, environmental justice, environmental health, sustainable communities, and demographic shifts.

Dr.
Stan
Meiburg
SUS 705: APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICUM

Dr. Meiburg is the Director of the The Master of Arts in Sustainability Program and associated dual degree and certificate programs at Wake Forest University. He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).

Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA.

Meiburg joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as Deputy Regional Director of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the Deputy Regional Administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as Deputy Regional Administrator in more than one region. From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park.

Jon
Clift

Director of External Affairs,
Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Professor of Practice

SUS 706: APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICUM

Jon Clift is an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Affiliate Professor of Practice at the School of Business, and Director of Outreach for the Sustainability Graduate Programs. He empowers students, colleagues, and clients to explore problems and develop new to the world ideas. After spending nearly a decade in the design field as a creative strategist working with startups to Fortune 100 clients, Jon knows we are all creative, and believes that with grit and a growth mindset we can all unlock our creative confidence.

Jon has developed branding solutions for some of the world’s largest firms from VF Corporation to Walmart, implemented transformative courses and curricula at Wake Forest University, incorporated human-centered design and systems thinking as core competencies in graduate programs, and worked with student teams to develop impactful solutions for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and global corporations.

Jon holds a Masters of Environmental Management in Business & the Environment from Duke University.

SUPPORTING PROGRAM FACULTY:

Justin

Catanoso

Director of Journalism, Senior Lecturer

Professor of Practice

Dr.

Steve

Folmar

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Associate Chair of the Department of Cultural/Applied Anthropology

Dr.

Michael

Gross

Associate Professor of Chemistry

John

Knox

Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the

issue of human rights and the environment

Dr.

Dilip

Kondepudi

Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Chemistry

Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Dr.

Judith

Madera

Associate Professor of English

Faculty Affiliate in Environmental Studies

Alan

Palmiter

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

William T. Wilson, III Presidential Chair for Business Law

Dr.

David

Phillips

Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Rotating Core Faculty

Dr.

Miles

Silman

Professor of Biology and Ranlet and Frank Bell Jr. Faculty Fellow

Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Professor of Conservation Biology

Director, Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Steve

Virgil

Executive Director of Experiential Education

Clinical Professor of Law

Dr.

Ron

Von Burg

Assistant Professor of Communication

Core Faculty in Interdisciplinary Humanities

Director of Graduate Studies

GRADUATE PROGRAM STAFF:

Jon

Clift

Director of External Affairs,
Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Professor of Practice

Kim

Couch

Budget and Administrative Coordinator,

Office of Sustainability and

Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES)