Faculty and Staff
G. Dodd Galbreath
Executive Director and Assistant Professor
Galbreath brings over 29 years of experience to the Institute for Sustainable Practice (ISP). As the founding director, he leads one of the nations first academic sustainability programs. The following summarizes his diverse background.
Executive Public Service: While serving two former governors of different parties, Galbreath led efforts to implement a nationally recognized wetlands conservation plan; to create one of the nation’s first environmental justice plans; guided passage of five legislative proposals to manage competing water allocations and transfers and designation of the first state scenic river in 25 years.
Private Sector Business: At URS Corporation, one of the nation’s largest engineering design firms, he provided some of Tennessee's first sustainability consulting services to trade associations, the Department of Defense and development projects.
Sustainability Innovation: Galbreath currently specializes in green infrastructure for water management, climate change education, the relationship between faith and sustainability, leading workshops and giving conference presentations on the fundamentals of sustainability.
Leadership Peer Recognition: The Tennessee Wildlife Federation's Conservationist of the Year for 1998; project leader resulting in two Tennessee Governor's awards for Environmental Excellence in 2008 and 2009; and the Tennessee Environmental Council's Sustainable Tennessee Award for 2012.
Dr. James English
Academic Director and Associate Professor
Dr. James English serves as Academic Director for the Institute for Sustainable Practice and Associate Professor of Sustainability. Dr. English has a diverse professional background, including a record of academic service, sustainable business marketing, and consulting experience. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Arkansas, and teaches various sustainability courses. The following summarizes his diverse experiences.
Research: Developed an acclaimed portfolio of applied research in ecosystem preservation working with foreign governments, the U.S. military, federal agencies, and Native American tribal governments
Military Veteran: Served in the U.S. military as a disease ecologist and held posts directing various national and international programs, including developing and heading the U.S. Navy West Nile virus program, directing a medical informatics department and serving as an officer in charge of environmental issues in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Dedication: In Iraq, protected the environmental stability of an oasis used by Abraham that was being ecologically threatened
Trans-disciplinary: Protected the economic return and health of 1,000 year-old date palm grove by brokering a deal with local villages and military security, which allowed locals to tend the grove, keep some sales and donate profits to a local orphanage, an effort that helped win hearts and minds while protecting environmentally and culturally significant areas
Professional Academic: Held academic appointments at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Research Assistant Professor in the department of biology and directed an undergraduate environmental research program. Also, previously taught and served as professor of biology at University of Arkansas and Gardner-Webb University.
International Engagement: Initiated a multi-national research program to study the role deforestation plays in the spread of disease in the Amazon
Private Sector Experience: Provided expertise to various sustainability consulting projects, including serving as lead consultant, researcher and strategist for the Vestcom Green Initiative.
Dr. LisaRenee English
Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
Dr. LisaRenee English serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment in the Institute of Sustainable Practice. She earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Arkansas and was among the first in her field to publish research on eco-inspired design. Dr. English has held several directorships during her academic tenure and has a great diversity of teaching experience.
Research: Dr. English was among the first in our educational history to earn a hybrid Ph.D. degree in Biology. In addition to her biological research she designed a software program that was used to decrease intra-specific competition between students in a college biology laboratory by mimicking niche specialization found in nature.
In addition to teaching in the Natural Science Departments, Dr. English has directed several academic programs including Environmental Science while holding an endowed fellowship.