The Professors Are In
EXPANDING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE “We’re building, building, building,” says Melanie DuPuis, PhD, chair of the new Environmental Studies and Science Department. DuPuis is creating future-oriented curricula that will prepare students to meet the growing environmental challenges facing us. New integrated science and policy courses, such as the MA in Environmental Policy that launched in fall 2015, touch on issues of students’ interests— including clean water, animals, and sustainable technology—and engage them across disciplines and encourage them to think critically. Students have participated in the initiation of new programming, including a minor in Urban Sustainability and a newly revised Naturalist Certificate.
The Professor Next Door With an average class size of 19, Pace students benefit from personalized attention. To strengthen interaction between students and faculty and create educational environments across campus, this fall Pace welcomed the first Faculty-inResidence for Alumni Hall: Assistant Professor of English Robert Mundy, DA. One of his first goals was partnering with the Writing Center to run a satellite office out of the residence hall to enhance students’ writing. He also uses the space to meet with professors to discuss cross-disciplinary opportunities and with students to talk without fear or assessment. “Students take these thoughts out with them, let them germinate and grow, and it leads to healthier, richer conversations in the classroom,” adds Mundy. Through programming, advising, and mentoring, “We’re building community on multiple levels.”
EDUCATING GLOBAL CITIZENS “This is an extremely ripe time to be examining the roots of violence, inequality, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and poverty both in terms of what is happening locally, nationally, and internationally,” says Assistant Professor and Peace and Justice Studies Program Director Emily Welty, PhD. “For many students, these are not abstract ideas, but ones they have witnessed firsthand in our communities.” To provide students with a foundation to address these critical issues and become agents of social change, Welty worked to create a peace and justice studies (PJS) major, which launched in fall 2015 as one of the only PJS majors in NYC. She says Pace is uniquely positioned to “offer students multiple places to consider the way that issues of peace and justice intersect with other fields and places to apply what they learn in classes beyond the classroom.”
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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Hasan Arsla n, PhD, is working alongside students in his criminal profiling, terrorism, and intelligenc e gathering courses to collect and analyze data and build some of the largest databases on ecoterrorism, antiabortion violence, and online predators. “This is much more dynamic than a textbook,” he say s. Establishing critical net works with federal and local criminal agencies, Arslan and his students are working wit h Pace’s Seidenberg School to develop the first comprehensive dat aba se of police officerinvolved shootings in the US, which he says “wi ll be a valuable resource for law enforcement to better understand the dyn am ics of an encounter and have a historical ref erence of criminal activit y. ” Wit h its high demand, Arslan’s goal is to make it a federally funded database, and ultimately “make Pace a center of excellence for criminal justice ref orm.”
DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Pace University • Leadership – Winter 2016