A downloadable PDF version of this announcement from Dean Joiner is also available.
Dear Institute for Sustainable Practice Students, Alumni, and Interested Stakeholders:
I am pleased to be writing to you as the new Dean of the Institutes at Lipscomb. Previously, the Institutes
functioned as stand alone entities within the University. The new organizational structure, which will bring the
Institutes together under the leadership of an Academic Dean and the Provost, creates the opportunity for the
Institutes of Civic Leadership; Conflict Management; Law, Justice and Society; and Sustainable Practice to
leverage resources, increase community impact, elevate academic rigor and encourage joint academic offerings
among the Institutes. Also under this new structure, the Institute for Sustainable Practice (ISP) will benefit from
marketing, recruiting, and administrative resources not previously provided.
In addition to the new organizational structure, I am pleased to announce the appointment of the new Academic
Director for the ISP. Emily Stutzman Jones is completing her PhD in forestry at Auburn University after
receiving a master’s degree in environmental sociology and will join us in the coming months. Emily combines an
excellent academic education with a passion for sustainable practice that is second to none. She is committed to
continuing to build an academic program based on an interdisciplinary approach to science, societal demands and
practice, which is required in this emerging field. ISP will continue to prepare undergraduate and graduate
students for careers in sustainability and other connected fields, which will become increasingly important as the
challenges from climate change unfold worldwide.
In the interim, Professor Phyllis Hildreth, Academic Director of the Institutes, will aid in the academic direction
and support Dodd and Rosemary during the transition. Professor Hildreth has considerable experience in
academic and the public policy aspects of your field. She will be an important cog in the transition to Emily
The founder of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, Dodd Galbreath will continue to play an important role
providing leadership in the community, consulting with the Dean, connecting with key leaders and alumni while
promoting ISP as a leader in the field. You will also be well served by Rosemary McPherson, the ISP
administrative assistant. Rosemary brings 17 years of leadership as a Program Director at the YMCA to ISP.
Dodd and Rosemary will continue to be essential keys to success within the Institute.
I want to assure you as students, alumni, faculty, and stakeholders that the ISP Leadership Team and Dean’s
office are committed to increasing the value of your degree in Sustainability at Lipscomb. I look forward to
meeting you in the near future. During the coming months, we will convene an alumni group and continue to
actively support our students and their future careers.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office or me if I can be of help or answer any questions.
Dr. Steve Joiner
Dean of the Institutes at Lipscomb