Faculty and Staff
Professor Galbreath has served in various leadership roles in environmental, public, business and academic positions for the past 31 years. In 2007, he became the founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast's first and still only comprehensive academic sustainability program.Professor Galbreath has traveled throughout the United States, China and six European countries studying water and energy sustainability practices. He provides consulting services for business and government and leads presentations for conferences and workshops. From 1993-2002 he served two former governors of different parties as a state environmental policy manager. In this capacity he led passage for six significant pieces of water legislation. Most notably were two laws to keep large cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham from freely diverting water away from Tennessee. He also led nationally recognized efforts to protect scenic rivers, restore wetland ecosystems, and achieve justice for people at risk for or having exposure to community pollution. He has received two statewide awards for conservation and sustainability leadership and he initiated pioneering sustainability projects selected for two Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards.
With a M.S. in rural sociology and currently completing a Ph.D. in forestry at Auburn University, Professor Stutzman Jones will join the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as our full-time Academic Director. She is our first academic director to fully embody many of the holistic attributes of sustainability through her own unique interdisciplinary academic journey and skills. While completing her dissertation this Fall, she is leading independent study courses with undergraduate and graduate students who are investigating and assessing sustainability applications in their respective areas of emphasis. Professor Stutzman Jones' own academic inquiry applies the sociology of conservation and natural resource management in the context of sustainability. Her past research includes surveying behaviors and attitudes of fish farmers in Uganda and fruit and vegetable growers in Florida, and forest landowners and forestry professionals in Alabama who are experimenting with new sustainability practices. Professor Stutzman Jones also works as a writing consultant, specializing in science writing. To renew herself, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling with her family.
Fall Semester 2014 Visiting Instructors for the Institute for Sustainable Practice
Dr. Borchers is a faculty member of the College of Business at Lipscomb University. He currently teaches Sustainable Enterprise I which focuses on the role of business as the model for value exchange and effective delivery of products and services. Borchers earned his bachelor of industrial administration at the General Motors Institute, his master of business administration from Vanderbilt University and his doctorate of business administration from Nova Southeastern University. Borchers has more than 20 years experience as a manager at GM. He holds a certificate in production and inventory management and is a certified computer professional. Borchers has received almost $2 million in grants to develop entrepreneurial education. Throughout his career, his research and writings have explored industrial ecology, fuel cells, supply chain, entrepreneurship, information systems and more.
Dr. English currently teaches Sustainable Earth Systems which focuses on our planet's natural systems as the model for sustainable design and function. A veteran of the United States Navy, Dr. James English served as a disease ecologist and held posts directing various national and international programs including developing and heading the Navy’s West Nile Virus Program and serving as officer-in-charge of environmental issues in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. English has been research assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s department of biology where he also served as director of an undergraduate environmental research program partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). English has also performed research and mentored undergraduates in a variety of field-based. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
Dr. Harbin currently teaches select independent study courses and the Environmental Law and Policy course for undergraduates in the ISP Environmental and Sustainability Science curriculum. He is an environmental attorney with U.S. EPA in Atlanta in their Region IV Office. Dr. Harbin has been an instrumental legal coordinator for some of Tennessee's most significant environmental issues of the last three decades, including: the ongoing cleanup of the Copper Basin superfund site; cleanup of the superfund site that made the LEED Platinum, billion dollar Volkswagen Manufacturing Plant siting possible in Chattanooga, TN; the transfer of conserved land and an $8 Million dollar trust fund from the close out of the former Columbia Dam project to the state of Tennessee; legal analysis to support the 2000 Interbasin Water Transfer Act, the 2002 Water Information Act, the 2002 Amendments to the Well Drillers Act and the successful position by the State of Tennessee to ban new coal mining in the watershed of Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Dr. Hess currently teaches the Sustainable Food Practice course which provides one of the areas of emphasis for the Master of Science in Sustainability. Dale Hess, a plant pathologist, joined Merry Lea's staff in 2004 in order to direct the Summer Agroecology Intensive program. His experience in sustainable crop production research includes more than a decade spent in West Africa. Dale also teaches botany at Goshen College. His interests include integrated pest and disease management and promoting the development of agricultural systems that function like natural ecosystems.
Professor Klingbyll currently teaches Environmental Biology in the ISP Environmental and Sustainability Science curriculum. She presents the world of GOD's handiwork to future environmental professionals to convey the intricate and balanced nature in which we live and the interwoven systems which support life. Professor Klingbyll is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, Tennessee Science Teachers Association, Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Forestry Association, Tennessee Environmental Education Association.
Professor Paddock currently teaches the Enterprise II course focusing on business performance metrics and methods of sustainability. He foInstitutes' green MBA program. Professor Paddock's business has been recognized in prominent business and personal award programs and selected for sustainability advisory functions with some of the nation's top retail product providers and their suppliers.