Environmental Leadership 2017-2018 Schedule

Key Dates: Discussions, Case Studies, Field Labs, & Research

Fall Semester

A)   Lectures, Discussions, and Research Prospectus: Each session begins with a lecture that introduces students to key environmental policy concepts, followed by a directed discussion of the concepts and the assigned readings. The second component of each session involves a discussion of effective leadership. The final component of each session will investigate key environmental issues related to our spring break research project. During the final session of the Fall 2017 semester, student research teams (2-3 students per team) will present and defend their research prospectus for the Spring 2018 research trip.

1)      Session One, Policy Conflict (2.5 hour session)

  1. Academic: Competing Values and Environmental Policy Conflict: A lecture and discussion of the value-based judgments that fuel environmental policy conflicts.
  2. Leadership:  Identifying Attributes of Great Leaders, Assessing Our Individual Leadership Strengths, Identifying Our Individual Leadership Attributes that Need Development and Ernst will model First Leadership Journey. 
  3. Research: Introduction to the environmental problems of Guadeloupe (the Long Shadow of Kepone).
  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 1, “The Political Deadzone” (pp. 1-24).
  • Saturday, Sept 23, 2017 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Penn Hall, Large Board Room, 3rd Floor

2)     Session Two, Environmental Economics, Part 1 (2.5 hour session)

  1. Academic: The Economics of Environmental Policy (Part 1). A lecture and discussion regarding the economic considerations of environmental policy.
  2. Leadership: Identifying Our Common Values (What Is Important to Us), Outlining Expectations that Reflect Our Values (What Do We Expect from Each Other), Conduct Leadership Journeys (1-3). 
  3. Research: Review and Critique Findings from Last Year’s Environmental Leadership Research Project in Guadeloupe and take language proficiency quiz (8 French phrases)
  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 2, “Mismanaging the Commons” (pp. 25-50).
  • Assigned Task, Learn the eight assigned French Phrases.
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

3)     Session Three, Environmental Economics, Part 2 (2.5 hour session)

  1. Academic: The Economics of Environmental Policy (Part 2). A lecture and discussion regarding the economic considerations of environmental policy.
  2. Leadership: Understanding Group Decision-Making Models (Authoritarian, Consultative, Democratic, and Consensus) and Conduct Leadership Journeys (4-7). 
  3. Research: Forming Research Teams (Elite Interviews, Data Analysis, Literature Review…) and take language proficiency quiz (8 new French phrases, 16 total)
  • Assigned Readings:
    • Chesapeake Bay Blues (Ernst), Chapter 2, “The Chesapeake Bay as a Political Dilemma” (pp. 31-50).
    • “Traversing Hazardous Terrain: The Difficult Task of Overcoming Cultural Differences in Decision-Making Styles” (Ernst).
  • Assigned Task, Learn the eight assigned French Phrases.
  • Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

4)     Session Four Environmental Policy (2.5 hour session)

  1. Academic: Environmental Policy Options. A lecture and discussion concerning environmental policy options.
  2. Leadership: Identifying Our Leadership Styles (and Understanding the Strengths and Challenges of Each Style) and Conduct Three Leadership Journeys (7-10).
  3. Research: Research teams report to the group and time will be allocated for a group research design planning session and take language proficiency quiz (8 new French phrases, 24 total).
  • Assigned Task, Learn the eight assigned French Phrases.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Penn Hall, Large Board Room, 3rd Floor

5)     Session Five, Student Assessments (2.5 hour session)

  1. Academic Quiz: Students will be given a short environmental policy quiz on the three major academic elements of the program (Environmental Values, Environmental Economics, and Environmental Policy).

    • Passing the Academic Quiz is a requirement for continuation in the program in the spring semester (passing is defined as correctly answering 7 out of 10 standardized selection questions).

  2. Leadership Quiz: Students will be given a short leadership quiz on the major leadership concepts covered in the program (Group Decision-Making Models and Leadership Styles).

    • Passing the Leadership Quiz is a requirement for continuation in the program in the spring semester (passing is defined as correctly answering 7 out of 10 standardized selection questions).

  3. Language Proficiency Quiz: Students will be given a short language quiz on the 24 French phrases assign throughout the program.

    • Passing the Language Proficiency Quiz is a requirement for continuation in the program in the spring semester (passing is defined as correctly answering 7 out of 10 standardized selection questions).

  4. Oral Defense of Research Prospectus: Working as a team, student researchers will defend their group research prospectus.

They will:

1. Explain the research issue they desire to study during the spring field trip (why is it an important topic)
2. Identify the key variables they wish to study (explain how they will measure their variables—interviews, surveys…). 
3. Identify the key relationships they wish to study (how do the variables relate to each other-hypotheses)
4. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their chosen methodology.
5. Outline key experiences that they believe will promote their knowledge of the issue.

Successful defense of the research prospectus is a requirement for continuation in the program in the spring semester. 

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 4:00pm-6:30pm
Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room


Spring Semester

B) Experiential Learning: This aspect of the program provides program participants with direct exposure to environmental problems and meaningful access to policy makers. These experiences enable students to apply what they learned in the fall and an opportunity to conduct environmental policy field work. Only students who fully participated in the seminar’s lectures and discussions in the fall, who have scored a passing grade on the three quizzes, and who successfully defended their research plans will be permitted to participate in the spring field work:

6)     Caribbean Planning Session #1: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.

  • Wed. January 31, 2018 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

7)     Caribbean Planning Session #2: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.

  • Wed. February 21, 2018 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location:  Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

8)     Spring Break Field Experience (Caribbean): Working in small research teams, program participants will implement their pre-approved research plans.

  • Date and Time, Sat. March 10 – Sat. March 17, 2018

9)     Analysis workshop. Following the field experience, students will make use of this working session to organize their key findings and to create research slides.

  • Wed. March 28, 2018 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location:  Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

 10)     8th Annual Holuba Forum & Environmental Leadership Student Symposium: The student participants will present their research findings at the spring symposium. 

  • Wed. Mid-April (TBD), 5:30pm-8:00pm (dinner provided)
  • Location TBD

11)     EI End of Year Celebration

  • Mon. April 23, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Gettysburg College, CUB Ballroom