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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:

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson

SUS 701: Global Human Systems

Dr. Johnston’s interdisciplinary educational background includes degrees in Religion and Nature (PhD), Environmental Ethics (Graduate Certificate), Theology (MA), and Psychology (BA). His research focuses on the relationships between biocultural evolution and religion, with particular attention to environmental social movements and cross-cultural political dialog related to ideas about nature. He is the author of Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (2013), co-editor of Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities (2014)and editor of Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges and Opportunities Across the Curriculum (2012).

Dan Fogel

Dan Fogel

SUS 702: SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Dr. Fogel is the Director of the Sustainability Graduate Program. He specializes in strategic management, especially innovation processes in firms, including those located in emerging and transition economies and in emerging industries. His research and teaching interest are on sustainability practices and principles, international business and strategy development, and innovation for large organizations. He has worked extensively as a consultant nationally and internationally for diverse organizations, such General Electric, Motorola (Brazil), Lockheed Martin, Lucent (Brazil), TESS (Brazil), AT&T and Bank of America. His awards include research grants, several teacher of the year awards, a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil, the 1988 Winner of the Yoder-Heneman Award, and several times the Distinguished Professor Awards.

Michael Gross

Michael Gross

SUS 703: NATURAL SCIENCE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Dr. Gross an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. His teaching expertise includes Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics of Solid State Materials, and Green Technologies. His research projects focus on studies of solid state materials, particularly mixed metal oxides, for electrochemical energy conversion applications. He has a MS and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Gross is the recipient of the 2015 Wake Forest University Teaching in Innovation Award.

Vanessa Zboreak

Vanessa Zboreak

SUS 704: SUSTAINABILITY LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

Associate Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Law, Dick Schneider’s academic and professional activities are multifaceted and national and international in scope. Besides his environmental and international business law courses, he also teaches a course called Law, Literature, and Culture. He directs the Vienna Summer Program of the Law School and works in that capacity closely with faculty at the University of Vienna. Dick has followed Russia closely throughout his career, and he is currently at work on a paper about Leo Tolstoy and natural law. He also currently works and advises on a number of environmental matters in his capacity as Legal Chair of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club. The North Carolina Chapter recently won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served on the Environmental Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Association and was a board member of the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative. After law school, Dick went to work for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and Brussels, where he did a wide range of international transactions.

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

Dedee Delongpré Johnston

SUS 705: APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICUM

DeLongpré Johnston is the University’s Director of Sustainability. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She has 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in the areas of education, sustainability, and the environment. Her most recent appointment was as director of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability. DeLongpré Johnston serves on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as the Vice-Chair of the board. She was named one of the 10 Innovators of the Year in 2007 by Florida Trend magazine, was featured in a cover story in the October 2008 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and was awarded the President’s Medallion by University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen in 2009.

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston

Jon Clift

SUS 706: APPLIED SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICUM

Jon joined the Sustainability Graduate Program in 2014 as the Associate Director of Outreach. His background is in design, marketing, and natural resources. Jon graduated from Duke University with a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment. He strives to create connections for our students to the world outside that spark ideas, undiscovered passions, and innovation.

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