Sarah Fortner

Geology, Environmental Science, Geology/ESCI, Geology/Environmental Science, Geology, Environmental Science

Wittenberg University

I am an Associate Professor of Geology and the Director of Environmental Science at Wittenberg University. Our programs have been recognized as civic exemplars by AAC&U and I serve as an institute advisor for Civic Prompts in the Major.  My mission is to support resilience and justice through transdisciplinary education, civic engagement, and earth surface process & biogeochemical research. My students work with an alliance of local community partners on issues of food security, soil sustainability, environmental pollution, & water health. Research interests include: glacier and watershed biogeochemistry and civic engagement as an inclusive and transformative teaching practice.  My expertise also includes helping faculty and programs move campus and program initiatives forward through partnering. Recent leadership roles include: the National Academies Workshop Service Learning in the Undergraduate Geosciences, the Council on Undergraduate Research Innovation & Collaboration Committee, the NAGT Traveling Workshop Building Strong Programs, and Wittenberg's from Curriculum to Community InTeGrate Sustainability Implementation Effort. I am a proud member of the Juneau Icefield Research Program Academic Council.  JIRP inspired me to launch my career.

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Course Modules (7)

A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources through Local Decision Making part of A Growing Concern
Educating undergraduates about soil sustainability is central to our agricultural future. Soil erosion outpaces soil production and soil management is key. This teaching module provides undergraduates with ...

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Activities (2)

Personal temperature monitoring to build context for climate justice and community decisions. part of Service Learning:Activities
Climate change is often presented in disconnection from human experiences central to equitable and just decision making. In this activity students use PocketLab temperature probes to collect and analyze data on ...

Natural Hazards & Climate Change Risks part of Service Learning:Activities
× Students characterize how climate change impacts natural hazards and pose research-based solutions to the county Emergency Management Agency. Presentations require the use of local data, created figures, ...

Course (1)

Global Climate Change part of Service Learning:Courses
Consequences of global climate change already include: increased drought, heat waves, flood intensity, glacial retreat, and sea level rise. Solutions are needed to reduce human impact on our climate system and to ...

Essay (1)

Mapping for Decision-making part of GET Spatial Learning:Blog
Addressing wicked challenges like climate change, natural hazards, and water resource planning requires working across and between time, space, jurisdictional, institutional, management, and social networks to ...

Conference Presentations (2)

Building a Strong Collaborative Team: Factors for Success part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The sustainability of humanity is dependent on managing geologic resources including: water, soil, and mineral resources. The InTeGrate Project addresses this through building earth literacy for undergraduates and ...

Strategies for engaging with Teach the Earth online resources part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Poster Sessions:Posters
Have you been overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources on Teach the Earth? Have you wished for more guidance on how to navigate the Teach the Earth Portal? Would you like to contribute to the community of ...

Other Contributions (5)

Community and Political Engagement in the Geosciences part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:Strategies and Teaching Themes:Connect to the World We Live In:Civic Engagement
This suite of pages was developed by Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University with contributions from Rob Baker, Wittenberg University Community and political engagement in your earth or environmental science classes, ...