Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning
Program in Environmental Studies
Nan Jenks-Jay is director of Environmental Affairs and teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College. For two decades, she has been actively involved in the advancement of environmental studies programs, their transformation of higher education and impact on regional sustainability.
Nan Jenks-Jay has been a researcher, professor and administrator of environmental education for over 20 years at community and liberal arts colleges, and university programs. She has been associated with the two oldest undergraduate environmental studies programs in the country, at Williams College in Massachusetts for 15 years, and with Middlebury College in Vermont for the past 6 years. Between them, she took a sojourn to the West Coast where, as director of Environmental Studies and Hedco Endowed Professor, she developed a new undergraduate program and graduate environmental courses for the University of Redlands in California. She returned to New England to accepted a newly created position as Director of Environmental Affairs and teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College, where the President and Board of Trustees designated "environmental education and awareness" as one of the College's "six peaks of excellence." At Middlebury, she has created an integrated vision through strategic planning and leadership in advancing the College's exemplary environmental academic program and sustainable college, which in 2003 received EPA's Environmental Merit Award and also the Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Jenks-Jay has been the recipient of major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (FIPSE), the EPA, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has served on state governmental boards and national committees in addition to external review committees for nine college and university environmental programs. Jenks-Jay has been advisor to Orion Magazine, The New England Board of Higher Education and worked with Project Kaleidoscope in Washington DC. She serves on the boards of Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Nature Conservancy. A book chapter by Jenks-Jay entitled "Cultivating A Shared Environmental Vision" will be published by MIT Press in a collection next year. Her current research involves the next generation of leadership and shifts within various disciplines as related to environmental studies programs. Nan Jenks-Jay has written extensively and speaks throughout the United States and abroad on topics related to the environment and higher education.