Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, Director of Sustainability Leadership Semester
- B.S., Indiana University, 2006
- M.S., University of Wyoming, 2011
- Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2014
- (260) 799-5869
- Merry Lea
SUST 200: Sustainable Living Skills
SUST 300: Sustainability and Regeneration (Sustainability Leadership Semester at Merry Lea)
SUST 340: Field Experience in Environmental Education (May Term)
ENED 520: Principles of Environmental Education
ENED 525: Environmental Issues and History
Pontius, J. (Forthcoming). Original Flavor(s): Tasting Michiana’s Watersheds. Edible Michiana.
Pontius, J., Greenwood, D., Mueller, M. (Eds.). (Forthcoming). Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing for Food: Place-based Learning for the Plate. Environmental Discourses in Science Education Book Series. Springer, NY.
Pontius, J., Greenwood, D., Ryan, J. (2014). Hunting for ecological learning. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 18, 80-95.
Pontius, J. (2014). Old relationship, new appeal: New hunters consider land and food, life and death. Wyoming Wildlife Magazine.
Pontius, J. (2017, November). Eating place(s): A bioregional bridge toward community. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference.
Yoder, L., Pontius, J., Schramm, J. (2017). Uprooted and ungrounded: Activities that develop appreciation of place. Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship.
Schramm, J., Pontius, J. (2016, May). Awe and anger, grief and wonder: Lessons from a residential undergraduate program in sustainability. Wonder and the Natural World Conference, Bloomington, IN.
Pontius, J. (2013, Nov.). Sustainable food beyond the barcode: Eating from and giving back to wild lands. Good Mule Project, Laramie, WY.
Pontius, J., Davis, S. (2013, Oct.) Diverse ecological pathways to environmental education: Engaging our stories. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Socioecological learning through embodiment: Ungulate ecology in upper elementary environmental education. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Becoming/hunting animals: Narratives of hunting as ecological learning. Presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2012, Oct.). Exploring eating and ecological learning: A collaborative session. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Oakland, CA.
Pontius, J. (2011, Oct.). Connecting to place through nature study: Examples from summer school. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Raleigh, NC.
Pontius, J. (2011, Oct.). Environmental education in action: Mentorship for ecologically-minded hunters. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Raleigh, NC.
Parker, S., Pontius, J. (2011, March).Place-based learning in public schools: Examples from the field. Wyoming School Improvement Conference, Casper, WY.
Pontius, J. (2010, Sept.). River-based education in the Laramie Valley, Wyoming. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, Buffalo, NY,.
Pontius, J., Parker, S. (2010, Jan.). Beyond field teaching: Local asset mapping for more meaningful environmental education. Wyoming Math and Science Teachers’ Conference, Casper, WY.
Place-based Learning through Hunting, Gathering, and Fishing for Food
In my scholarship, I am exploring how diverse practices for procuring local, wild foods provide entry points into meaningful relationships with place, culture, human and more-than-human communities, and how such practices support the growth of a sense of place, and a place-consciousness that leads to action.
Transformational Learning in Residential Place-Based Higher Education
I am interested in innovative residential place-based sustainability education programs, and how they lead to transformational learning outcomes.
How do learning communities contribute to transformational learning? What are the impacts of time in solitude and reflective practice on learning? What is the role of creativity, food, the arts/humanities, in the re-visioning of relationships with self and others? How do experiences influence practices of spirituality and perceptions of interconnectedness among humans and the land?
I am writing a book of poems and prose that draws its grit and authenticity from my home place in the headwaters of Lake Michigan.