Sustainability Technical Advisory Committee
Myria Allen joined the faculty of the Department of Communication in 1993 after teaching at Louisiana State University. She teaches COMM 4643 Environmental Communications, as well as a new graduate course, COMM 5513 Sustainability and Communication, which focuses on the role of communication within organizations trying to enact sustainability within their workplace and within their supply chain.
Kevin Fitzpatrick joined the University of Arkansas Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2005. Dr. Fitzpatrick's research interests are primarily focused on community and the mental health of at-risk populations. In addition, Dr. Fitzpatrick has ongoing projects related to childhood obesity, homelessness & mental health, and community-level indicators related to domestic terrorism.
David Hyatt is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. Hyatt’s primary research and practical interests concern sustainability in global supply chains, and he seeks to understand when, how, and why nonprofits and businesses collaborate to solve issues of the natural environment. With a particular emphasis on environmental practices in supply chains, his objective is to aid the communities of scholarship and practice to achieve joint environmental, social, and economic success.
Jon Johnson teaches in the Sam Walton College of Business and is the Executive Director of the Applied Sustainability Center. His areas of expertise include sustainability, environment, climate change, corporate governance, and social networks within and between organizations.
Zola Moon teaches in the Human Environmental Sciences department at the University of Arkansas. Her specialties include rural and environmental applied sociology, spatial analyses, demography, natural resources, poverty, rural health and community theory and development.
Lanier Nalley earned a B.S. degree in agricultural and development economics with minors in development studies and Eastern European history from The Ohio State University. He received his M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 2007 in agricultural economics. Dr. Nalley’ s current research emphasis is on international development, the economics plant genetics and crop modeling in the face of climate change in low-income countries.
Darin Nutter is a Professor in the University of Arkansas’ Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Dr. Nutter’s research interests are encompassed within the broad area of thermal or energy systems. More specifically, over the last 25 years, his background and focus has been on the improvement of HVAC&R systems and manufacturing/processing plants, with regard to operation, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Dr. Nutter is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a registered professional engineer in Arkansas.
Jennie Popp is Co-Director of the Service Learning Initiative, Co-Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability and has been a faculty member of the Department of Agricultural and Economics and Agribusiness since 1998. Dr. Popp’s areas of research include natural resource economics (with emphasis on soil and water quality), environmental economics (with emphasis on animal waste management) and agricultural and environmental policy.
Curt Rom is Associate Dean for International Education in the Graduate School and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, as the chair of the Horticulture Undergraduate Program Committee, and as representative to the College Curriculum Committee. He is the Program Director of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative. Dr. Rom teaches HORT 2003, Principles of Horticultural Science, HORT 3503 Sustainable and Organic Horticulture, and HORT 4103 Fruit Crops Science and Technology. He has also taught courses in Institutional, Community, and School Gardening, and in International Agriculture.
Benjamin Runkle is a professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at the U of A. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from UC-Berkeley and was a post-doctoral scientist at the University of Hamburg. His research group investigates connections between the carbon and water cycles in wetland environments including rice agriculture in Arkansas. This field-based research involves long-term measurements of key environmental fluxes (e.g., evapotranspiration, surface water flows, carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the landscape to the atmosphere). This research also provides the basis for process studies and computer modeling approaches to environmental systems.
Susan Schneider is William H. Enfield Professor of Law in the School of Law at the U of A. She teaches agricultural and food law courses and serves as the Director of the School of Law's unique advanced degree program, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.
Professor Schneider graduated with a B.A. from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu). She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law in from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Carl Smith is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design. He is also a Chartered Landscape Architect in the UK. He has wide, international experience in the practice, teaching and research of landscape architecture and urban design.
Dr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science with honors in Environmental Science from the University of Lancaster; a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Sheffield; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Newcastle. In 2005 he also received a doctorate for his research on sustainable housing from the University of Sheffield. Dr. Smith’s research continues to focus on sustainability and, in particular, housing. His current projects involve understanding the public perceptions of denser, walkable urban fabric.