Environmental Leadership 2018-2019 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 2018 semester, student research teams (2-3 students per team) will present and defend their research prospectus for the Spring 2019 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 research area.
  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 1, “The Political Deadzone” (pp. 1-24).
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

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: Continued discussion of the environmental problems of our research area.
  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 2, “Mismanaging the Commons” (pp. 25-50).
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 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…)
  • 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).
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 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 group research design planning.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

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.

  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.

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

    • Research teams 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.
      6. Identify three officials that you would like to interview during the research trip.

    • Successful defense of the research prospectus is a requirement for continuation in the program in the spring semester. 
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 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 two quizzes, and who successfully defended their research plans will be permitted to participate in the spring field work:

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

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

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

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

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

  • Friday, March 8 – Saturday, March 16, 2019

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.

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Location: Gettysburg College, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

 10)     Annual Research Symposium: The student participants will present their research findings at the spring symposium. 

  • Wednesday, Mid-April (TBD), Time TBD
  • Location: TBD

11)     EI End of Year Celebration

  • Late April (TBD), Time TBD
  • Location: TBD