Jason Rhoades, PhD
Teaching Faculty, Environmental Studies
Teaching Faculty, Management
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. I teach courses on political economy, sustainability, and project management in the Department of Environmental Studies and the Department of Management.
I work as the Public Service Program Manager at AUNE. As part of this, I’ve coordinated the Master’s International program partnership with the Peace Corps and co-direct the Center for Civic Engagement. My research centers on providing meaningful opportunities for marginalized groups to engage in participatory planning and decision-making. As part of this, I work with AUNE’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience to conduct collaborative climate change adaptation projects with vulnerable populations.
I earned my PhD in Environmental Studies at AUNE in 2016. Prior to joining AUNE, I held a variety of positions in the environmental field, including serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Armenia.
- 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. (2016). Developing an In-depth Understanding of the Elderly’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Through a Participatory Approach. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Rhoades, J. L., Gruber, J. S., and Horton, B. (2016). Using Participatory Climate Change Adaptation Planning to Promote Resilience Among the Elderly. Manuscript in preparation.
Rhoades, J. L., Gruber, J. S., and Horton, B. (2016). Enhancing the Resilience of Vulnerable Groups Through Participatory Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Lessons Learned from a Case Study with the Elderly Community of Bridgeport Connecticut. Manuscript in preparation.
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.
Gruber, J. S., Rhoades, J. L., Simpson, M., Stack, L., Yetka, L., and Wood, R. (2015). Enhancing climate change adaptation: strategies for community engagement and university community partnerships. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1-15.
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.
- Graduate Political Economy and Sustainability
- Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs
- Proposal Writing and Project Management
- Service Learning Seminar
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. and 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.