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Jason Rhoades, PhD

Antioch University New England

In my teaching, research, and work as a practitioner, I focus on fostering grassroots engagement at the community level to create positive social and environmental outcomes. As faculty in the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England, I teach courses on political economy, sustainability, leadership, service-learning, and project management.

I am the Associate Director of the Environmental Studies PhD program and co-direct the Institute for International Conservation, which promotes sustainable and just global conversation solutions through education, service, and research. I also direct the International Service Program that enables students to combine their master’s degree study with Peace Corps service. I work with AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience to assist communities in preparing for and recovering from climate impacts. In the spring of 2019, I founded the Alliance for Youth Climate Leadership at AUNE, which supports the next generation of climate advocates to lead, collaborate, and innovate for a just, resilient, and thriving planet.

My research centers on supporting the voices of marginalized groups in participatory planning and decision-making. In conducting research, I rely on a participatory action research approach, working in collaboration with communities to create tangible change.

Outside of Antioch, I am also a founding board member of TerraCorps, a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of land conservation, food systems reform, and environmental justice. I earned my PhD in Environmental Studies at AUNE in 2016. Prior to joining Antioch, I held a variety of positions in the environmental field, including serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Armenia.

Educational History

  • PhD, Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England
  • MS, Forestry, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, Emphasis in Music Performance and American Cultural Studies, Goddard College

Trainings and Certifications

  • Certified Teacher Trainer (Project Learning Tree) 2009 – Present
  • Certified Awareness Trainer (Leave No Trace) 2009 – Present
  • Certified in Chain Saw and Cross Cut Saw Operation (USFS) 2009 – Present
  • Certified in Project Design and Management (United States Peace Corps) 2007 – Present
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation) 2009 – 2010

Rhoades, J. L., Gruber, J. S., and Horton, B. (2019). Promoting the Resilience of Older Adults Through Participatory Climate Change Adaptation Planning. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management16(3).

Rhoades, J. L., Gruber, J. S., and Horton, B. (2017). Developing an In-depth Understanding of Elderly Adults’ Vulnerability to Climate Change.
The Gerontologist, 1-11.

Gruber, J. S., Rhoades, J. L., Simpson, M., Stack, L., Yetka, L., and Wood, R. (2017). Enhancing climate change adaptation: strategies for community engagement and university-community partnerships. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 7:10-24.

Tuler, S. P., Webler, T., and Rhoades, J. L. (2016). Stormwater Management in a Time of Climate Change: Insights from a Series of Scenario-Building Dialogues. Weather, Climate, and Society, 8(2):163-175.

Rhoades, J. L., Demyan, S., and Orr, B. D. (2011). Impacts of deforestation and land cover change on mountain soils in Hrazdan, Armenia. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 30(7):677- 696.

Rhoades, J. L., Glocke, E., Visser, T., & Hatzel, C. (2019).  Win-win-win: Using the climate compatible development approach to maximize positive impact.  Youth Climate Leadership Academy, Fairlee, VT, December 5, 2019.

Rhoades, J. L., Anderson, D., Perez, L., & Ulmer, J. (2019).  Climate impacts and inequality: understanding who’s at highest risk and how to help.  Resilient Vermont Conference, Norwich, VT, June 7, 2019.

Rhoades, J. L., Loosigian, J., Hatzel, C., & Visser, T. (2019).  Climate change storytelling and communication workshop series.  Keene High School, Keene, NH, April, 2019.

Gruber, J. S., Rhoades, J. L., & Watson, D. (2018).  Collaborating on climate: how local governments and non-profits can partner with and benefit from universities.  Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference, Manchester, NH, May 2, 2018.

Simpson, M., Bolduc, J., & Rhoades, J. L. (2018).  The nuts and bolts of conducting a vulnerability assessment.  Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference, Manchester, NH, April 30, 2018.

Rhoades, J. L., & Jones, T. (2017).  Enhancing the resilience of seniors in your community.  Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities Webinar Series.  October 18, 2017.

Rhoades, J. L. (2017).  Conducting participatory climate change adaptation with vulnerable groups: lessons learned.  Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.  Birmingham, AL, September 26, 2017.

Simpson, M., Abrash Walton, A., Herring, D., Rhoades, J. L., & Daniels, C. (2017). Building local capacity to respond to the impacts from a changing climate.  National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment.  Washington, DC, January 25, 2017.

Rhoades, J. L. (2016).  Engaging vulnerable groups in participatory climate change adaptation planning.  Local Solutions Presentation Series.  Keene, NH, December 8, 2016.

Rhoades, J. L. (2016).  Remaining resilient.  Student graduation speaker.  Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, May 14, 2016.

Rhoades, J. L. (2016). Utilizing a community-based action research approach to incorporate vulnerable groups into climate change adaptation planning. Doctoral colloquium speaker, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, May 6, 2016.

Gruber, J. S., & Rhoades, J. L. (2014). Enhancing climate change adaptation partnerships: How can higher education support local communities? Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2014 Conference, New York City, NY, June 4, 2014.

Rhoades, J. L. (2008). Causes and implications of deforestation in the Republic of Armenia, a case study. D-80 Conference, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, November 8, 2008.

Jason Rhoades headshot

Core Faculty,

Environmental Studies & Sustainability


Courses Taught

  • Political Economy and Sustainability
  • Leadership for Change
  • Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Proposal Writing and Project Management
  • Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
  • Service Learning Seminar
  • Ecological Economics, Public Policy, and Social Change
  • Candidacy Preparation and Service Learning

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