Chair of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Associate Professor, Director of Environmental Science program
Dept: Environmental Science
Office: RICK 135
Degrees: Ph.D. in Resource Development-Environmental Policy and Law (Michigan State), 1993; Master's of Environmental Science (Miami University), 1987; Bachelor's in Biological Science (St. Meinrad College), 1981
Year appointed: 1997
Dr. Fitch has been teaching and working in the field of environmental science for more than 20 years. In 2010, Dr. Fitch was the recipient of the Icko Iben Award, which is given annually to the water resource professional who has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of communication among the various disciplines concerned with water resources problems.
At Michigan State, he worked with the Extension Service, The Institute for Water Resources, The Center for Environmental Toxicology, as well as being a teaching associate and Head of Undergraduate Advising in the Department of Resource Development.
At the University of West Florida, Dr. Fitch was the Director of the Coastal Zone Studies Program, and a member of the Public Administration and Biology faculty.
He joined the faculty at Marietta College in 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership. He is the past-president and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Environmental Council, an associate editor for Water Resources IMPACT (a publication of the American Water Resources Association), and a member of the board of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education. Dr. Fitch is a fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI. He is the current president of the Interdisciplary Environmental Association.
Dr. Fitch has numerous publications in such journals as The Interdisciplinary Environamental Review and Water Resources IMPACT, and conference proceedings for the AWRA, NAAEE, and IASCP. His long term research interest areas include "Water Resource Policy and Homeland Security," "National Security and Environmental Protection," and "Impact of Religious Beliefs on Environmental Policy." Most recently, Dr. Fitch had a chapter on Land Stewardship published in a new two volume edition by Praeger Press entitled Critical Food Issues, Volume 1 & 2: Problems and State-Of-The-Art Solutions Worldwide (Praeger Perspectives). Dr. Fitch is currently involved in research on the impacts of long term sea level rise on Hawaii, American territories and possesions in the Pacific, and on the nations of Oceania
He was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in the fall of 2004.