An experienced team of faculty and staff bring an in-depth knowledge in their field of study and a connection to each other in a true interdisciplinary fashion during the framework of the program. Luther College students complement this team of experts by providing day to day mentorship and quality educational experiences.

Jon Jensen Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environ Studies Program

Jon Jensen is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and a faculty member in Environmental Studies. He provides oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as well as working to expand the Center's outreach to the community and region. Jensen is a member of the board of directors for AASHE and on the steering committee for UMACS (the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability). He works to promote sustainability in the curriculum at Luther, in the Midwest, and throughout the country and teaches courses on Environmental Philosophy, Food and the Environment, Environmental Leadership, and Sustainable Communities. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

James Martin-Schramm

Professor of Religion

Jim Martin-Schramm is Professor of Religion and coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Jim joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public policy. He is the author or co-author of four books including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Molly McNicoll

Assistant Professor in Biology and Natural Areas Land Manager

Emily A. Neal

Assistant Dir., Ctr for Sus. Communities and Staff Instructor

Emily is the Assistant Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities and a staff instructor in Environmental Studies. A passionate science educator, she has over 20 years of experience teaching people of all ages, on how to integrate concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Recognizing that human health is interconnected to the health of our planet, Emily oversees a wide array of healthy living and environmental programs at Luther, including the summer Discovery Camp programs, the Pre-College Environmental Studies Program and the Luther College Immersion Leadership Program. Additionally, Emily oversees outreach programs to regional schools. She works with teachers on integrating topics of sustainability into the curriculum and increasing STEM education. She supervises a team of FoodCorps/AmeriCorps members serving schools to help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa.

Laura Peterson

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies/Chemistry

Maren Beard

Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities

Maren Stumme-Diers works with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and Luther College as a Sustainable Foods Educator. At Luther Maren works on Edible landscaping, campus gardens, community gardens and the facilitation of education opportunities related to food. On behalf of Food and Fitness she is providing support to school gardens and food service directors throughout the region as they work to incorporate more local food into the menu. Maren graduated from Luther College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish.

Meghan Barker

Meghan serves as the Student Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Pre-College Program. Meghan is a sophomore Environmental Studies and Political Science double major from Fort Collins, Colorado. Between her junior and senior year of high school, Meghan had the opportunity to attend a program similar to the Pre-College Program at a small university in North Carolina. There, she realized that working on environmental issues was her true passion, which helped her declare an Environmental Studies major upon coming to Luther. Meghan currently provides support in recruitment and student outreach, program planning, and website management.