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  Environmental Studies  
 

Faculty

 
Dr. Richard E. McCluskey

Dr. Richard E. McCluskey
Associate Professor of Geography, Coordinator
Office: 103 AH
Phone: (616) 632-2192
E-mail: mccluric@aquinas.edu

B.S. - 1984 Michigan State University, M.S. - 1987 The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. - 1995 The Pennsylvania State University

Professor McCluskey arrived in the Geography Department in the fall semester of 1999. Before coming to Aquinas, he taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo and was a researcher for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. While in Washington (1997-99), he was the geographer for the Washington Household Needs Assessment Survey. This project was a complex and comprehensive survey of alcohol and drug use by citizens in the State of Washington. Here at Aquinas, he is responsible for teaching many of the human and cultural geography courses offered by the department and specializes in economic, industrial, and urban geography. His interests include the economic and geographic restructuring of the automobile industry, the historical geography of immigrant groups in the U.S., and survey research encompassing a variety of social and economic topics.
 
James Rasmussen

Dr. James Rasmussen

Assistant Professor of Geography

Office: 104 AH

Phone: (616) 632-2180

E-mail: jlr003@aquinas.edu

Jim Rasmussen was born in Flint, Michigan and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from the University of Michigan-Flint, and his Masters of Science in Earth Science from Montana State University. Dr. Rasmussen taught and conducted field research at the University of Florida under the 2003 Alumni Graduate Fellowship, and also served as Assistant Professor of Geography at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Rasmussen is a physical geographer and geomorphologist who is passionate about teaching and specializes in field based research. He has led students into the high country of the Northern Rocky Mountains and the forested swamps of Southeastern Coastal Plain. His interests include: cycling, paddling, and the eating habits of biting insects.

 
Deborah Steketee Dr. Deborah Steketee
Associate Professor of Sustainable Business
Phone: (616) 632-2930
E-mail: deb.steketee@aquinas.edu
Deborah Steketee, Ph.D., joined Aquinas in 2005, bringing an interest and expertise related to the social dimensions of natural resources management. Dr. Steketee earned her Ph.D. in environmental policy and comparative politics at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and its Department of Political Science. Her dissertation focused on local communities, NGOs and tropical forest policy in Ecuador. She received her M.Sc. degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with thesis work examining the community benefits of ecotourism in Costa Rica. Her undergraduate degree (B.A., Journalism) was completed at the University of Michigan. Dr. Steketee's professional experience includes management positions in broadcasting and publishing, as well as work and consultations in environmental education and advocacy. In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Steketee serves as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College. She also volunteers as a Board Director for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. Along with her husband, Fred, and her daughter, Dr. Steketee enjoys life on Michigan's waters.
 
Dr. Matthew Tueth Dr. Matthew Tueth
Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business
Sustainable Business Department Chairman
Office: Albertus Hall 101
Phone: (616) 632-2191
E-mail: tuethmat@aquinas.edu
Dr. Tueth has a master's degree in environmental studies from SIU-E and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Oklahoma State University. Both his thesis and dissertation research deal with contemporary sustainability issues. He continues to investigate various components that promote a durable and fecund social infrastructure as well as the role of business in developing such an effective society. Dr. Tueth has over 20-years of natural resource management experience with the U.S. Forest Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He now serves as the Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business and the director of the Aquinas College Sustainable Business Program and makes sustainable business presentations throughout the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Tueth also represents Aquinas College in the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and in a number of other sustainability service committees in the region. He teaches the following environmental studies and sustainable business courses: EL 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies, EL 301 - Advanced Environmental Studies, SB 100 - Industrial Ecology, SB 201 - Sustainable Business Management
 
Dr. Krista Badiane

Dr. Krista Badiane

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business
Office: 228 Academic Building
Phone: (616) 632.2044
Email: kkb006@aquinas.edu

Krista Badiane has over ten years of experience working with the business and non-profit communities on sustainability strategy and reporting. Krista joined Ford Motor Company in 2002 and served as manager, Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company. In this role, she was primarily responsible for producing Ford's award-winning Sustainability Report, and coordinating the company's socially responsible investing strategy. Krista also developed an internal sustainability communication and education strategy for the Company including development of an intranet site and a learning community for employees.

Krista has also worked with the non-profit community developing the Business & Environment program for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). In this role she wrote a series of reports on employee engagement best practices and developed a webinar series for companies to network on the topic.

Krista received a BA and BS in Anthropology and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. She completed her Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University and graduated with highest honors. Krista is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

Krista joined the Sustainable Business Program in 2012. She teaches Sustainable Business in Corporations (SB203), Sustainability Reporting and Metrics (SB204) and introduction to Environmental Studies (EL100).