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Jay Roberts

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Education


  • Center for Integrated Learning
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Outdoor Education


  • Ph.D., Miami University, Oxford
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Lawrence University

Selected Courses

EDUC 120 Foundations of Education  — Surveys sociological, philosophical, and historical perspectives on American public education with a particular focus on issues of race, class, culture, and power.

ENST/EDUC 320 Pedagogies of Place  — Explores various conceptualizations of place in the context of environmentalism and environmental education, broadly defined.

ENST 240 Environment and Society  — The introductory course to the Environmental Studies major, this course covers many of the dominate themes and perspectives in the field with an emphasis on economic, political, anthropological, and philosophical themes.

ENST 488 Senior Seminar  — Prepares seniors in Environmental Studies for the capstone requirement including the Comprehensive Exam and the Integrated Research Project.



Jay Roberts is an Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. When I teach, I contribute courses to the Environmental Studies program here at Earlham. I have also led several off-campus study programs including Southwest Field Studies (2003), New Zealand (2008; 2011), as well as several different May terms. I am a Teagle Pedagogy Fellow with the Great Lakes College Association and currently serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Experiential Education.

Of Earlham, Jay says, “From the focus on innovative and adventurous teaching and learning to the Quaker values of peace, social justice, integrity, and community, this is a school that takes its mission seriously and strives to live up to it everyday.”

Jay's scholarship is featured at his blog —

Research Projects

My research interests include the theory and practice of experiential education, place-based education, and education for sustainability. My recent publications include Experiential Education in the College Context: What it is, how it works, and why it matters (2015), Routeledge Press, Learning By Doing: Theoretical Currents in Experiential Education (2011), Routeledge Press, and a chapter in the 2013 book Teaching Sustainability in the Humanities and Social Sciences published by Texas A&M Press.

Professional Memberships

Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU)

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