JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D.



 This award recognizes the efforts of faculty who strive for excellence in teaching about sustainability and who make extraordinary efforts to introduce that essential concept into the curriculum. The award is given to a faculty member who is actively engaged in developing, promoting, and strengthening curricula that ensure that when students leave the University of Scranton, they will possess the awareness, competence, skills, and insights to appreciate and/or advance sustainability in a local and global context.  This year’s recipient of the Sustainability Award is Dr. Joyanna Hopper.  

Dr. Hopper joined the University in 2020 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.

As her nominator noted, “Dr. Hopper infuses environmental issues into her courses, but especially upper division courses in Public Policy, Public Administration, Organizational Theory and Behavior, and, of course, Environmental Policy Process. In Environmental Public Policy, students practice developing regulatory solutions to environmental policy problems. These in-class activities help students think creatively about hypothetical situations in the classroom, which help prepare them for engaging real-world challenges when they leave the University.”

Dr. Hopper has developed a new course on environmental justice which will explore the history of the environmental justice movement, environmental justice policies, and environmental injustices. The course will be offered for the first time this coming fall.

Dr. Hopper has published a book entitled, “Environmental Agencies in the United States: The Enduring Power of Organizational Design and State Politics,” and has authored numerous articles concerning environmental enforcement.

Dr. Hopper also serves on the steering committee for the Environmental Studies Concentration and has shared her expertise of environmental politics at the Faculty Research Series, Earth Day, and sustainability events on campus, and with the Jesuit Humanitarian Action Network.

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