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Faculty and Staff

index01The Environmental Education master’s program is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. The integrated program draws from many disciplines on campus including the Education, Business, Communications, and Environmental Studies Departments, plus others. However, the majority of faculty associated with the program are housed in the Biology Department. 

Dr. Stewart Janes Dr. Janes has been involved in the Environmental Education program since arriving on the SOU campus in 1992. In addition to his interests in environmental education, he trains secondary teachers pursuing secondary teaching licensure in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He is an ecologist and ornithologist and researches the function of bird song and raptor ecology.

Tammy Coleman- Tammy received her undergrad degree in biomedical sciences, with a group major in Social Sciences and a secondary teaching certificate while running track at Calvin College in MI. She earned her Masters in Ecology Education with a focus on fisheries biology at Michigan State University and is ABD for her PhD in College Science teaching. She has taught all sciences and all populations over her 25 year career in education and started and ran an Agriscience and Environmental Education Center. Her college science teaching experience focuses on biology and Environmental Studies in addition to Integrated Studies in Science for Educators. She has designed and led many Place-Based and study abroad classes in Woods Hole, Yellowstone NP, Sleeping Bear Dunes NP and New Zealand. Research interests include the teaching of evolution, Place-Based learning and teacher efficacy.

Linda Hilligoss – Linda Hilligoss is a Science Educator for the College of Arts and Sciences and promotes and coordinates activities at the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center.  Part of her time is also devoted to the Environmental Ed Masters program and their involvement at Deer Creek Center. Linda is a graduate of the Environmental Education program in its previous incarnation and a certified middle school teacher. She previously worked in the Education Department as an assistant professor training teachers, with a special interest in promoting science at the elementary level.

Dr. Michael Parker Dr. Parker is an aquatic ecologist and is actively involved in the Environmental Education program. He has a special interest in conservation of freshwater environments throughout the western United States, and has a particular fondness for stream-dwelling amphibians and desert fishes, particularly the Devil’s Hole pupfish. Dr. Parker teaches the Trends in Environmental Education course.

Dr. Peter Schroeder Dr. Schroeder, an entomologist and advises students in the program.  Dr. Schroeder studies insect control through integrated pest management and has a special interest in bumblebees. He also studies aquatic insects as indicators of stream quality.

Dr. Carol Ferguson Dr. Ferguson, an entomologist, has been actively involved in the environmental education program for many years, mentoring many students through their master’s projects. Dr. Ferguson’s research interests include the study of pollination systems in orchids of the Klamath Siskiyou bioregion.

You can learn more about the faculty associated with the EE program and the other seven faculty members in the Department by visiting the Biology webpage.