A Multidisciplinary Endeavor

The Pace Academy and the Office of the Provost have recently announced the 2012-2013 Pace Academy Faculty Scholars, who are committed to the development and advancement of environmental study.

The Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and the Office of the Provost are proud to announce this year’s selection of Pace Academy Faculty Scholars, all of whom were chosen for their potential to advance environmental discourse and increase the level and degree of sophistication within the discipline. Each of the selected faculty will receive a $4,000 stipend to contribute to a scholarly body of work.

This year’s scholars come from several different disciplines and areas of expertise from across the University. Frank Marchese, PhD, will be presenting a digital art installation entitled “Bits of the Urban Environment.” The exhibition, which will consist of panel discussions and an exploration of engaging urban spaces in innovative ways, marks the 10th anniversary of Pace’s Digital Gallery.

Lubin Professor Noushi Rahman, PhD, will use his stipend to conduct meta-analysis about the effects of environmental corporate social responsibility (ECSR) on firm performance. To date, no meta-analysis has been conducted on ECSR’s influence on corporate performance.

Professor of Law David Cassuto will be developing a multidisciplinary course called “The Legal Animal,” wherein he and his students will explore the legal definitions and implications of the word “animal” in today’s legal system. “These varied and conflicting definitions of ‘animal’ make it impossible to develop a coherent body of law governing our interactions with the nonhuman world. That lack of coherence in turn leads to significant and ongoing issues of cruelty and environmental harm,” says Cassuto. “’The Legal Animal’ represents an attempt to bring these problems of dissonance into sharp relief and perhaps begin the process of their resolution.”

“This program would allow students to fulfill a number of core requirements; participate in an in depth multidisciplinary learning community environment with onsite trips; gain experience and expertise in environmental studies through a close, interdisciplinary engagement with the Hudson River Valley from various perspectives; and potentially earn a certificate or, if possible, credit as a minor,” says Dyson Professor of English Helane Levine-Keating, PhD, who is working with faculty and department chairs from across the University to develop a 15-credit program that will include two Learning Community courses and one travel course that focuses on experiential learning in the Hudson River Valley.

“My goal as a Faculty Scholar,” says Levine-Keating “Would be to continue to collaborate with community and faculty members to increase my awareness of current developments and bring them to bear in course development as well as potential scholarship and research.”

Lauren Birney, EdD, an assistant clinical professor in the School of Education, will be creating K-12 educator mentor-mentee teams that will explore opportunities to create more meaningful curricula based in the common core and experiential in nature.