On Campus: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Remote schedule: Thursdays, Fridays
Joel is a Professor and Director of Professional Programs in 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 holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Florida, an MS in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in German from the University of Michigan. Joel speaks German, Swahili, and is learning Spanish.