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Tania M. Schusler

Tania M. Schusler

An environmental social scientist, Tania Schusler has worked at the interface of people and environment throughout her career. As Advanced Lecturer in Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Schusler teaches courses in Environmental Justice, Human Dimensions of Conservation, Food Systems, and Water. Her research examines the dynamics of citizen participation and collaborative learning in creating more sustainable, resilient, and just communities. Dr. Schusler previously served as Environmental Studies faculty at Antioch University New England where she mentored graduate research on culture and conservation, environmental justice, food systems, and effective pedagogy. As environmental issues educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, she collaborated with community-based organizations, local governments, and small businesses to design, implement, and evaluate educational programs advancing sustainable community development in the areas of green building, environmental justice, renewable energy, materials reuse, and water resources management. As volunteer program manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Wisconsin Chapter, she built the capacity of volunteers to engage in community-based biodiversity conservation. Dr. Schusler earned a B.S. in Forestry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.