AESS 2018 Planning Team
Dr. Valerie S. Banschbach is the AESS President-Elect (2018-2020) as well as a teacher and scholar of conservation ecology, animal behavior, social insects, and agriculture. Valerie has been a Professor and the Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Roanoke College since July 2014. Prior to joining Roanoke College, she was a Professor of Biology, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Chair of the Biology Department, during her 17 years at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.
Racine is an IRB Coordinator for the University of Central Florida. She is an experienced analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and research industries. Past positions include roles as Lead Analyst at the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. Racine is an avid runner and has been an AESS member since 2012.
Carolyn is in her fifth year of conference planning for AESS. She is the Association’s main contact and manager. She fully embodies the cross-disciplinary approach of AESS, having a background in English literature as well as environmental science and policy. She is passionate about sustainability, good food, good reads, bucket-lists, family, and getting outside.
Peter Jacques is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida and has been working in global environmental politics and sustainability for over a decade. He has published 5 books and many research articles on various related issues. He is a former Managing Executive Editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and current President of AESS (2018-2020).
Dr. Lamont (Monty) Hempel is Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands. In addition to his teaching and research, Monty is a documentary filmmaker, specializing in short and feature works about coral ecosystems, sustainability, wilderness preservation, and biodiversity. Monty served as the first interim president of AESS and has coordinated AESS conference film nights in the past.
AESS Program Committee
Valerie Banschbach (Chair), AESS President-Elect
Wil Burns, American University
Dan Clark, Rutgers University
Patricia DeMarco, Chatham University
Elly Engle, Pennsylvania State University
Sarah Lashley, Centre College
Abby Lindsay, American University
Teresa Lloro-Bidart, California State Polytechnic University
Jackie Maximillian, University of Arizona
Nirav Patel, Cornell University
Mercedes Quesada-Embid, Colorado Mountain College
Nancy Rich, Springfield Technical Community College
Walter (Tony) Rosenbaum, University of Florida
Valerie Rountree, University of Arizona
A.R. Siders, Harvard University
Abigail Abrash Walton, Antioch University
Bethany Woodworth, University of New England
The AESS board is composed of elected officers. Serving during the 2018-20198 term include:
Peter Jacques – President
Valerie Banschbach – President-Elect
Mike Finewood – Secretary
Richard Groover – Treasurer
Elizabeth Beattie – Student Board Member
Laureen Elgert – Board Member
Leslie Gray – Board Member
Teresa Lloro-Bidart – Board Member
Erin Pischke – Board Member
Karin Warren – Board Member
Walter Rosenbaum – JESS Editor-in-Chief*
*not an elected Board position