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M Ann Howard

Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5104
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M Ann Howard

Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, Cornell University; JD, Rutgers University School of Law

Bio

B.S. Human Ecology, Cornell University
J.D. Rutgers University School of Law

Research Interest: relationship between environmental decision-making and the role of citizen involvement, especially on the local level; sustainable community development, community revitalization and citizen governance; university/community partnerships and community-based learning in higher education

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Foundations of Public Policy, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Environmental Conflict Resolution, Risk and Environmental Decision-Making, Great Lakes I and II, Sustainable Communities; Values and Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Policy Seminar: Legal Perspectives

585-475-5104

Currently Teaching

STSO-750
3 Credits
The concept of sustainability has driven many national and international policies. More recently, we have become aware that unless we physically build and rebuild our communities in ways that contribute to sustainability, making progress toward that goal is unlikely. It is equally important to recognize the social/cultural context of sustainability. In addition, it is at the local level that the goals of equity (a key consideration in community sustainability), most often achieved through citizen participation and collaborative processes are most easily realized. This course will broaden students understanding of the concept of sustainability, particularly the concept of social sustainability. This course focuses on sustainability as a way to bring light to the connections between natural and human communities, between nature and culture, and among environmental, economic, and social systems. Working closely with local organizations, students will explore the applicability of theoretical concepts.
STSO-550
3 Credits
The concept of sustainability has driven many national and international policies. More recently, we have become aware that unless we physical build and rebuild our communities in ways that contribute to sustainability, making progress toward that goal is unlikely. It is equally important to recognize the social aspects of sustainability. In addition, it is at the local level that the goals of equity (a key consideration in community sustainability), most often achieved through citizen participation and collaborative processes are most easily realized. This course will broaden students understanding of the concept of sustainability, particularly the concept of social sustainability. This course focuses on sustainability as a way to bring light to the connections between natural and human communities, between nature and culture, and among environmental, economic, and social systems. Working closely with local organizations, students will explore the applicability of theoretical concepts.
STSO-220
3 Credits
This course introduces the interdisciplinary foundations of environmental science via an analysis of sustainability within a socio-cultural context. This is a required course for the environmental science degree program.

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/Presentation
Howard, M. Ann and Audrey Horn. "Making the Invisible Visible: A Photojournalism Project with Community Partners." Engage for Change. Siena College. Loudonville, NY. 18 May 2016. Conference Presentation. *
Howard, M. Ann, Laurie Worrall, and Pamela Heinz. "Organizing Within the Academy for Transformative Engagement." 30th Anniverary Conference. Campus Compact. Boston, MA. 22 Mar. 2016. Conference Presentation. *
Howard, M. Ann. "The Engaged University." Sustainable Urban Development: International Perspectives on The University as Partner in the Transformation of The Post-Industrial City. An International Symposium. Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden/RIT. Rochester, NY. 3 Oct. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Howard, M. Ann. "Community Based Participatory Research." Sustainable Urban Development: International Perspectives on The University as Partner in the Transformation of The Post-Industrial City. An International Symposium. Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden/RIT. Rochester, NY. 4 Oct. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Howard, Ann. "Youth-Adult Partnerships - Asserting the Civil Rights of Youth." Campus Community Partnerships for Health. Campus Community Partnerships for Health. Houston, TX. 20 Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation. *
Howard, Ann. "Sustainable Urban Development - The Imperative of Building Community Capital through Active Citizen Involvement." Open Seminar Series, Community Involvement in Sustainable Urban Development: Hope, Limitations and Challenges. Malmo University. Malmo, Sweden. 21 Sep. 2012. Lecture. *
Howard, Ann. "Connecting Asset-Based Community Development and Sustainability." Urban Studies Research Symposium. Malmo University. Malmo, Sweden. 9 Mar. 2012. Lecture. *
Published Conference Proceedings
Schlombs, Corinna, et al. "Changing an Institutional Environment through Appreciative Inquiry: Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts." Proceedings of the Seneca Falls Dialogues. Ed. Barbara LsSavoy, Deborah Uman. Brockport, NY: digital commons@ brockport, Web. «
Johannsson, Magnus and M. Ann Howard. "Community Based Learning in Sweden and the United States - What Works in Different Local Contexts." Proceedings of the Living Knowledge Conference. Ed. S sser Brodersen, Jens Dorland & Michael Sogaard Jorgensen. Copenhagen, Denmark: n.p., 2014. Web. *