Faculty and Staff

Professor Dodd Galbreath

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.

Professor Emily Stutzman Jones

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. 


Spring Semester 2015 Visiting Instructors for the Institute for Sustainable Practice


Dr. Andy Borchers

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.

Paul McCown, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CxA

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. David Harbin

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. Richard Willis

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.