PhD position in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science

A highly-qualified PhD student is sought for a position in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science within the College of Natural Resources at NC State University. The successful applicant will focus on applied questions that address sustainability across the natural and built environments, preference will be given to applications with STEM backgrounds (including social science) and interested in aspects of water resources. The successful applicant will work across natural and social sciences, collaborating with Dr. Yuan Yao (Forest Biomaterial), Dr. Kathryn Stevenson (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management), and Dr. Katie Martin (Forestry and Environmental Resources). The position includes three years of tuition support, an annual stipend of $25,000, and benefits. The candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics and the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center, among others. Candidates should have an MS and experience in interdisciplinary research in natural resources. To apply, please send CV, GRE scores, transcripts (unofficial) and one statement that includes interest, career goals, and dissertation topic ideas to:

Dr. Katie Martin, katie_martin@ncsu.edu
Dr. Kathryn Stevenson, kathryn_stevenson@ncsu.edu
Dr. Yuan Yao, Yuan_Yao@ncsu.edu

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. NC State is a top-tier research university located in Raleigh, NC which is the anchor of the Research Triangle region, consistently recognized for high quality of life.

 

PhD position in EE, Agritourism, and Policy for Fall 2017

We are currently recruiting two PhD students to join a dynamic team working on a USDA AFRI NIFA-funded project to strengthen local food systems through agritourism.  Specifically, we will investigate how agritourism – visiting farms for recreation and/or education – may build agricultural literacy among children, and how that knowledge may “trickle up” to parents to encourage purchasing local foods.  We will measure the impact of spontaneous farm visits by families (unstructured agritourism) as well as school field trips, both as stand-alone experiences (semi-structured agritourism) and supported by curricular activities (structured agritourism).   This project brings together agritourism, K-12 education, and policy through research, education, and extension approaches.

Although the two PhD students will work closely together with the three project PIs, we anticipate two positions associated with two project areas.  For full position description, contact information, and to apply, please click here.

Muddy Sneakers: Deciding what to measure

DSC_0005This week we returned to the mountains to work with Muddy Sneakers.  The main objective: figuring out what we are going to measure.  We gathered an advisory board to help us: Muddy Sneakers staff, teachers who work with the program, school administrators, and board members.

I’ll confess I love a good logic model.  At first glance, they look pretty tedious and boring, but they’re really useful in organizing thoughts on what aspects of a program work (at least and theory) and why.  During the meeting, we used a logic model to help us think through how the program works.  I posed the following questions:

  • What key resources does Muddy Sneakers have that makes it successful?
  • What are the most important activities Muddy Sneakers does to make it successful?
  • What outputs do those activities accomplish?  For example how many people are served and in what way?
  • What short-term outcomes do students experience because of their participation in Muddy Sneakers?
  • What long-term impacts can we hope for?

We broke into groups to answer these questions and then compiled all our answers as a whole.  Our goal as the research/evaluation team will be to identify which key outcomes and impacts we can feasibly measure.

Their enthusiasm for the program was infectious, and they made the process as fun as it was productive.  We are excited to get started!

 

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