Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty

Dr. Aniseh Bro
(828) 262-7268
217 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests Climate change; adaptation; resilience; socio-ecological systems; behavioral social sciences; systems thinking; international development; institutions;...

(828) 262-6316
211 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests: Political ecology and political economy; grassroots activism for environmental and socio-economic change; alternative economies; globalization and development...

Laura England
(828) 262-7237
126 Living Learning Academic

Teaching & Outreach Interests environmental and sustainability science, ecology, freshwater ecosystems, watershed science, community-based watershed conservation, environmental and...

(828) 262-6813
214-A Living Learning Academic

Research Interests: Sustainable poultry production, regenerative agriculture and livestock production, ecological poultry practices including local feeds and nutrient cycling, insects as feed,...

(828) 262-2241
133 Living Learning Academic

Education Ph.D., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2014 B.A., Political Science, San Francisco State University, 2007 Research Interests Environmental Political Theory, African...

(828) 262-7234
LLA 211

Research and Teaching Interests: Global environmental politics; Food politics; Critical development studies; Global political economy; Postcolonial and feminist science and technology studies...

Dr. Cody Miller
(828) 262-8983
215 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests: Environmental history, agricultural history, economic history, and rural life; farms, forests, soils, and society; place-based pedagogy, soil science education,...

Dr. Matthew Ogwu
(828) 262-2493
212 Living Learning Academic

Research and Teaching Interests Matt's research and teaching revolve around broad-scale below and above ground patterns and processes within coupled human and natural systems as well as socio-...

210 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests:  Political economy, international development, political ecology, economic geography, subaltern social movements, identity politics, indigeneity, climate...

(828) 262-2881
212 Howard Street Hall

Research & Teaching Interests:  Interaction between socio-economic factors, the environment and health, global environmental health and equity issues, small farm agroforestry, basic food...

(828) 262-7248
222 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests Global & US environmental literary and cultural studies; environmental humanities; social & environmental justice; intersectionality of class, precarity,...

Rebecca Witter PhD
(828) 262-3008
216 Living Learning Academic

Rebecca Witter is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University. She positions her research, teaching, and service at the intersections between culture, power,...



Farm Director

(336) 977-1773
SD Farm

Research & Teaching Interests: Sustainable Agriculture Education:  MS Clemson University 2001 BA UNC Chapel Hill 1974 AAS CPCC 1981  Teaching: SD4200, SD3100, SD3125,...


Resident Assistant Farm Manager

(336) 877-3455
SD Farm

I am the Resident Assistant Farm Manager and oversee the daily functions at the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm at the Blackburn-Vannoy property . Before coming to...

Emily Trivette Administrative Support Specialist

Administrative Support Specialist

(828) 262-6926
221 Living Learning Academic

I can be found in the main SD office and will help with any academic, budget or general questions or needs regarding the department. Let me know how I can help you! I live on a small farm in the...

Adjunct Instructors

photo of Jay Bost
(828) 262-6926
209 Living Learning Academic

Jay Bost came to agroecology through a love for wild nature and a realization that only if we can feed ourselves more sustainably will wild ecosystems be able to flourish. He studied as an...

(828) 262-2881
209 Living Learning Academic Bldg.

Research and Teaching Interests: Food and Farming entrepreneurship, creating regional food systems Education: B.S.E., 1979, Nature Recreation and Intrepretation, State University New York at...

(828) 262-2881
209 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests: Homesteading, pioneer skills, preserving food Education: B.S., 1979, Agronomy, Ohio State University M.A., Education and Applied Behavioral Analysis, Onio...

(828) 262-2881
209 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests: Jim's program areas of expertise include Latino farmworker safety, forest landowner education, and forest farming of ginseng. He will be teaching SD 3150- Soils...

(828) 262-6926
209 Living Learning Academic

Research & Teaching Interests: Cultivating ecologically regenerative and resilient food systems in Southern Appalachia, sense of place and how it informs the co-evolution of culture and...