I am interested in looking at college student values development in relation to sustainability. I am interested in researching to what extent course content and experiences across departments, and other experiences students participate in while on campus, contribute to their values in the short term (by the time they graduate) and more longitudinally (as alumni several years after graduation). For example, which course and other campus wide experiences, if any, seem to be the most significant to student and alumni values and beliefs related to sustainability? Which course and other campus experiences are most significant to actual changes in behavior? In what specific ways have their day to day behaviors been changed (i.e. energy use)? To what extent have other decisions such as choices related to leisure, graduate study, career, or community service been influenced since participating in course and other experiences related to sustainability while at Furman?
I am interested in working with other faculty and students to design sustainability initiatives and research projects for the children and families at the Child Development Center. The CDC is a rich resource to tap into to extend academic opportunities for our students across departments. As part of an interdisciplinary team at this site, I would be particularly interested in working to design meaningful projects for young children and then measuring their impact on young children, their families, and teachers.