The Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University is announcing Dr. Jennifer Westerman as its new department chair on July 1. Westerman succeeds Dr. Richard Rheingans, who served as the department’s chair since 2016.
Westerman joined the Sustainable Development department in 2008. Her research and teaching focus on environmental humanities, environmental and social justice, and the intersection of working-class studies and labor environmentalism. She holds a PhD in Literature & Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the international and transdisciplinary journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). She is co-editor of Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice (U of Nevada P, 2015).
About the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University prepares students to thoughtfully analyze human development while focusing on the applied practice of pursuing transformative, community-driven development and social change. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; and environmental studies; a Bachelor of Arts in sustainable development with a concentration in environmental studies; and a minor in sustainable development. Learn more at https://sd.appstate.edu.
About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. Learn more at https://faa.appstate.edu.