Dr. Harmon presents at AASHE Conference

Dr. Renee Harmon, a new faculty member in the School of Teaching & Learning, presented with a panel at the 2018 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference that was held in Pittsburgh, PA in early October. Dr. Harmon joined the Ed. Leadership and Student Affairs program at MSUM this fall. Dr. Harmon’s research focuses on sustainability education and literacy and the panel she presented with addressed using sustainability assessments for program advancement. This was the fourth year Dr. Harmon presented at the national conference. The panel consisted of faculty and staff leadership from Indiana State University, California State University-San Bernardino, College of Charleston, Lehigh University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey. The panel walked audience members through the steps needed to successfully design, implement, and use data from a student sustainability assessment. Each presenter offered a unique perspective on sustainability assessments – making this session applicable to all varieties of institutions. Dr. Harmon is continuing her research in sustainability education at MSUM, looking at how leadership is influencing sustainability education across higher education institutions and how case-based instruction and case studies impact learners’ sustainability literacy. Dr. Harmon’s research also addresses how to implement sustainability education into various disciplines across college and university campuses. She is excited to be a member of the Dragon family and the popular Ed. Leadership and Student Affairs program. Dr. Harmon shares, “I am thrilled to be a part of the Ed. Leadership and Student Affairs program. Everyone at MSUM have been so welcoming and friendly. I can’t imagine being anywhere else!” Dr. Harmon looks forward to meeting other members of the Dragon family and welcomes questions about her work and research. She also encourages faculty and staff who do not know about AASHE to learn about the organization through their website. Dr. Harmon plans to propose a presentation for the 2019 conference, which is scheduled to take place in Spokane, Washington.