The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the country’s most distinguished institution focusing on the study of the environment, has appointed Dr. Theresa Selfa as chair of the Department of Environmental Studies.
Selfa succeeds Dr. Benette Whitmore, who has resigned to return to the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Selfa, who joined the ESF faculty in 2010, served as Acting Department Head in the fall of 2020 while Whitmore was on sabbatical. His research interests include agrifood systems, social dimensions of science and technology, public engagement in agricultural biotechnology, environmental governance, public participation in environmental policy, as well as environment and development. She is currently an IP under a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Studies program grant titled: “How Competing Sociotechnical Imaginaries Shape Trust and Governance of Gene Editing in Agriculture and food: a comparison between countries. “
âDr Selfa is a strong advocate for faculty and students and I am confident that under his leadership environmental studies will continue to excel in scholarship and research,â said ESF President Joanie Mahoney.
The ESF environmental studies program emphasizes interdisciplinary social, human and natural science approaches to understanding and stewardship of the environment. It maintains a strong academic orientation, facilitating the engagement of students and faculty in the face of fundamental environmental challenges and dynamics such as multiple and conflicting levels of environmental governance, participatory democracy, sustainable development, the uses and limitations of prediction. science, discourses on the environment, cultural expressions of nature, risks and ecological sustainability.