Faculty and Staff
Professor Galbreath has served in various leadership roles in environmental, public, business, and academic positions for the past 34 years. In 2007, he became the founding director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast's first comprehensive academic sustainability program. Professor Galbreath has been appointed to leadership roles by three mayors of Nashville and currently serves as Vice Chair of Nashville's Stormwater Management Committee and Chair of the Livable Nashville Climate and Energy Subcommittee. Professor Galbreath has traveled throughout the United States, China, and six European countries studying water and energy practices. He provides consulting services and facilitates issue discussion forums for advocacy organizations. From 1993-2002 he served two Tennessee governors of both parties as a state environmental policy manager. In this capacity, he led passage of six state laws regulating water diversion and groundwater use, protecting scenic rivers, and restoring wetlands. He also co-chaired one of the nation's first state environmental justice planning initiatives. He has received two statewide awards for conservation and sustainability leadership.
With a M.S. in rural sociology and PhD in forestry from Auburn University, Dr. Stutzman Jones 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). Dr. 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. Dr. Stutzman Jones also works as a writing consultant, specializing in science writing. To renew herself, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling with her family.
Faculty in 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.
Brandon's sense of place is rooted in the piney woods of southwest Georgia. Living in Scotland for four years with his wife, Jenn, this need became painfully apparent. They both missed the thunderstorms whose lightning ignited the fires that formed the longleaf pine ecosystem. Since their return to make a home in Valley, Alabama, Brandon has completed a Master of Natural Resources in Forestry at Auburn University. His research focused on managing the silviculture and aesthetics of longleaf pine forests predominately through the use of prescribed fire. He has a puppy named Bartram (after the early American botanist, travel writer, and illustrator, William Bartram). He considers himself blessed to be a part of the redemption of creation as a forest ecologist and science educator.
Dr. Janice F. Dyer holds a BA in journalism, a MS in rural sociology, and a PhD in forestry. Dr. Dyer has worked as a Research Associate at Auburn University, and taught sociology for two years at a community college in North Alabama. She does freelance work as a writer and editor specializing in natural resources and social enterprise communications. Past areas of study include rural development, cellulosic biofuels, natural resource management, role of media, land ownership and tenure, structural changes within natural resource-based industries, and small-scale and alternative forest enterprises. Her work has appeared in numerous refereed journals, including International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Agroforestry Systems, and Rural Sociology. Her current foci of inquiry are food systems and sustainable energy.
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. Little is a retired chemical/petroleum engineer with significant experience in Alternative Energy technologies including Carbon Capture and Sequestration. He previously served as the Director of the Chemical Engineering Technology program at Austin Peay State University and continues to teach Engineering, Physics and Engineering Technology at APSU. Dr. Little is a professional engineer, licensed in Texas, and is currently pursuing the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Credential for Sustainability Professionals. His current interests are solar photovoltaics, biodiesel production, biomass gasification and fuel cells.
Dr. Morrison comes to Lipscomb from Pepperdine University, where he was an assistant professor of sociology. He received his PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2013. Dr. Morrison specializes in medical sociology, symbolic interaction, science and technology studies, and qualitative research methods. His research focuses on the human dimensions of brain implant technology. Dr. Morrison has published research in peer reviewed journals across sociology, medicine, disability studies, and biomedical ethics. His current projects include an archival analysis of professionalization in bioethics consultation, and a book on the social world of brain implant technologies. Outside of his scholarly work, Dr. Morrison enjoys time with family.
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.
Professor Scarsi is originally from Nizza Monferrato, Italy. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences in 2003 and graduated in 2007 with a Master's Degree in Sciences of Natural Systems from Genoa University. With his focus in Geomorphology, General Natural Science and his passion for a Sustainable World, he earned a research grant and worked for a year doing research in France, at La Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence, one of the main Geopark networks in Europe. He was in charge of two projects: mapping and creating a database of the main geological sites supported by the Arcview Gis software and cataloging the Remarkable Trees inside the Park. Before leaving Italy in 2013 with his wife, he spent 7 years teaching Science at multiple levels in the Italian system. Working in three different countries has helped to develop a great sensitivity for different cultures. As a Naturalist and a former basketball player he enjoys being outside, hiking, running and exercising.
Mr. Wansing holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Sustainability from Lipscomb University. He is a licensed Architect in the State of Tennessee. Ed is a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a leader of the Green Building and Sustainability movement in Middle Tennessee for over 10 years. He served as Chair of the Emerging Professionals National Committee and the Middle Tennessee US Green Building Council. He has served on many other boards and committees including Cheatham County Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of the Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail. Ed and his wife Carly have been recognized for their work in the Green Building Industry, for their contributions to the community and for their energy efficiency and sustainability achievements at their home.
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.