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.
Summer Semester 2015 Visiting Instructors for the Institute for Sustainable Practice
Professor McCown currently teaches the graduate renewable energy systems course which provides one of the areas of emphasis for the Master of Science in Sustainability. He is a registered professional mechanical engineer (PE) with 13 years of experience in the commercial building industry focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability for commercial and institutional facilities. His skills and tools of trade include mechanical design, energy modeling, LEED facilitation, building commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy audits, project management, business development, and construction administration. His professional certifications include: Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA), and Tridium Niagara AX Certification. Professor McCown has served on the boards of Middle Tennessee's U.S. Green Building Council chapter and the Tennessee Environmental Council, has published several professional articles concerning energy management, and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Richard Willis joined NCAT in January 2009 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He received a BS in physical science from Freed-Hardeman University in 2003 and a BCE from Auburn University in 2004. In 2005, he graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Willis has been involved in several studies at the NCAT Pavement Test Track. He is currently developing relationships between laboratory performance testing data and field performance measurements for flow number and the bending beam fatigue test. He is also beginning to study how warm-mix asphalt influences pavement performance in the field when coupled with high percentages of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). He has served as a member of the Federal Highway Administration’s Asphalt Recycling Expert Task Group, and currently is a member of the Federal Highway Administration’s Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group. He regularly conducts workshops on effectively using recycled materials in asphalt mixtures, and currently is the principal investigator on National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 9-55, Recycled Asphalt Shingles in Asphalt Mixtures with Warm Mix Asphalt Technologies.
Professor Paddock currently teaches the Enterprise II course focusing on business performance metrics and methods of sustainability. He founded WAP Sustainability to work in his passion for creating sustainability programs and tools for businesses, government agencies and schools throughout the Southeast. He is also an alumni of Cohort One in the Institutes' 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.