Joel Hartter


On Campus: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Remote Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays


  • PhD in Geography from the Univerity of Florida
  • MS in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University
  • BS in Mehanical Engineering from the University of Michigan
  • BS in German from the University of Michigan


Joel is a Professor and Director of Professional Programs in the Department of Environmental Studies, which includes both the Masters of the Environment and Outdoor Recreation Economy programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. Joel loves working with students and amazing staff and faculty, all focused on making the world a better place. As Director, he is passionate about supporting professionals who will spend their careers leading and enabling change in their fields, organizations, and industries.

Joel’s expertise is in sustainability, resilience, behavioral change, stakeholder engagement, business development, partnership building, out-of-the-box thinking, and leading change. For the last 20 years, Joel has worked around the world as a scientist, consultant, engineer, and an educator, leading large, complex projects in East and Southern Africa and Madagascar, South America, and the US.  Joel is an internationally recognized expert in conservation leadership and has lead projects around the world in conservation management, climate change, health, economic development, and recreation. He has also served in various advisory and consulting capacities for communities, non-profits, and organizations in areas of conservation, sustainability, stakeholder engagement, recreation management, and community development. Joel supports communities and organizations across the US and internationally to build capacity, engender and empower inclusive and diverse stakeholder participation, and strengthen local economies.

Joel speaks German, Swahili, and is learning Spanish.