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James R. Skillen

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin University

Completed a BS in Environmental Science at Wheaton College, 1996
Earned an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2000
Received his PhD in Natural Resource Policy from Cornell University, 2006
From 2006–2008 taught at Valparaiso University, Indiana
Joined GEO department in 2008

Current Teaching:
Human Modification of the Global Environment (ENST 210)
Environment and Society: issues and policies (ENST 302)
Seminar in Environmental Studies (ENST 395)
Special Topics in Environmental Law
Occasional field courses in the American West
Yosemite National Park interim, May 2019

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

Academic interests:
Federal land and resource policy
The American west


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin College


  • 2006 
    Cornell University, Ph.D. Natural Resource Policy