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Geoffrey W. Chase

Geoffrey W. Chase attended Ohio Wesleyan University, receiving the BA in English in 1971. He also holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio) and the AM in English from Boston College. He is currently the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University. After receiving his PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, he taught for 11 years in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio. He joined Northern Arizona University in 1992 as the Director of English Composition. At NAU, he revamped the composition curriculum to give it an environmental focus and became a leader of the Ponderosa Project, a faculty development project aimed at helping faculty from throughout the university integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses. This ongoing project has resulted in the revision of more than 100 courses at NAU, and played a key role in the development of a new liberal studies program for the university. The Ponderosa Project has also served as a faculty development model that has been instituted at other college and universities including Northern Kentucky and Emory. While at Northern Arizona University, Chase also served as English Department Chair, Dean of Liberal Studies, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and he implemented a new liberal studies program. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Turku, Finland, and his chief interest is in sustainability and undergraduate curricula. Chase joined San Diego State University in January 2002, as the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Titles by This Editor

Stories and Strategies for Transformation

In colleges and universities across the United States, students, faculty, and staff are forging new paths to sustainability. From private liberal arts colleges to major research institutions to community colleges, sustainability concerns are being integrated into curricula, policies, and programs. New divisions, degree programs, and courses of study cross traditional disciplinary boundaries; Sustainability Councils become part of campus governance; and new sustainability issues link to historic social and educational missions.

Stories and Strategies for Change

These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration, motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus.