The Environmental Studies Program Committee (ESPC) is the governing body for the program. Its membership includes core faculty and faculty from a range of academic departments who oversee the program’s curriculum and teach many of its courses.

About the Committee

Many ESPC faculty members also serve as advisors to environmental studies majors. They often sponsor students who wish to pursue private readings and research projects for academic credit or for senior honors research.

Members

Cheryl Cottine, religion
Matt Elrod, chemistry
Cindy Frantz, psychology
Jennifer Fraser, ethnomusicology
Karla Hubbard, geology
Roger Laushman, biology
T.S. McMillin, English
Tom Newlin, Russian
Christie Parris, sociology
Ann Sherif, East Asian studies


The ESPC Student Reps

Environmental studies majors also have representation on the ESPC. Each year, two to three students are elected to serve on the committee as student representatives. Student reps foster community among Environmental Studies Program majors and faculty through organizing formal events and casual get togethers.

They also attend the weekly ESPC meetings; serve as a resource and advocate for program majors, minors, and prospective students; facilitate discussions between students and faculty; and manage student rep elections. 

ESPC Student Reps for 2019-2020

  • Madeleine Gefke, environmental studies and biology
  • Olivia Vasquez, environmental studies and computer science