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With a M.S. in rural sociology and Ph.D. in forestry from Auburn University, Emily Stutzman joined 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. As a social scientist of natural resources and agriculture, she teaches the applied social science course in the M.S. in Sustainability program, Zero Management (SU 6153). Stutzman's 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. Stutzman also works as a writing consultant, specializing in science writing. To renew herself, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling with her family.