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Eric Fitch

Name: Eric J. Fitch

Title: Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership, Director of the Environmental Science Program

Department: Biology and Environmental Science; Environmental Science Program

Education: Ph.D. in Resource Development (Specialization in Environmental Policy and Law and Public Policy), Michigan State University; M.En. in Environmental Science, Miami University; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Saint Meinrad College

Research Interests: Environmental Policy, Water Resource Policy, Science Policy, Sustainability, Religion and Nature, Science – Technology - Society

Recent Publications:

“Tricksters, the Big Lie and the Triumph of Politics Over Science and the Consequences” What’s Up With Water (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No.2 Mar.2014

“Where the Land and Water Meet: Coastal Resources over the Next 50 Years” in Water Resources IMPACT’s AWRA at 50: The Future of Water Resources in the United States: Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No. 1 Jan. 2014

“The Utopia Column” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 16, No. 1 Jan. 2014

“Making Education for Sustainability Work on Campus: The Proposals of the Roundtable on Environmental Systems and Sustainability” by Michael A. Reiter, Will J. Focht, Paul A. Barresi, Susan Gill, Richard C. Smardon, Susan L. Baker, Kimberly D. Reiter, Eric Fitch, Terry Rolfe and Sue Bumpous Chapter 8 in in Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons, ed. Walter Leal Filho (Frankfurt: Peter Lang Scientific Publishers 2013)

“Down by the Sea” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 6 Nov. 2013

“Message from the Future: Optimistic?” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 5 Sept. 2013

“Beautiful Illusions, Cautionary Tales, and Mirror, Mirror”: What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15 , No. 4, July 2013

“…But It’s a Dry Heat! Tell That to the Frost Giants!” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol.15, No. 3 May 2013

“Telepinu, Willy-Willys, Haboobs, Derechos and Incandescent Deep Purple” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol.15, No. 2 March 2013

“Ys, Bungs, and Barriers” What’s Up With Water? (Column) in Water Resources IMPACT Vol. 15, No. 1 Jan. 2013

Courses (Fall 2014): Introduction to Environmental Science, Environmental Policy and Law, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Problem Solving I, Religion and Nature

Courses (Spring 2015): Environmental Impact and Resource Assessment, Land Use Planning, Natural and Social History of Oceania, Experiential Learning, Environmental Problem Solving II

Phone: (740) 376-4997

Email: fitche@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

They can expect a solid foundation in the subject, opportunities to explore and discuss avenues of the subject and an introduction to the quirks of the field that might only benefit the student when they appear on “Jeopardy.”

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

At Marietta College classes are small enough that you can come to know more about students than to just recognize their faces. You have opportunities to find out who they are and what they want out of your class. Sometimes you make lifelong impressions even when you don’t realize it at the time.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I read, view and write Sci-Fi and comics. I’m an Avid movie buff and I Like to travel and sightsee.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Call me old fashioned, but definitely a book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

My office surrounded by my books, papers and memorabilia.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Strawberries and Crème luncheon