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Dr. Hallie Eakin is being honored at Founders’ Day for her innovative approach to instructing students in the School of Sustainability. She combines a dynamic lecture style in her classes with in-class discussions, peer-to-peer learning, and community-based projects, as well as field trips to observe sustainability concepts and dynamics unfolding in their natural state.
Eakin’s research seeks to understand the adaptability, resilience and sustainability of different social systems in the face of global environmental and socioeconomic change.
She actively promotes student involvement in her international and local research activities, and draws from her international research experiences to expand students’ horizons in her teaching. She is the author of the book “Weathering Risk in Rural Mexico: Climatic, Economic and Institutional Change,” as well as numerous articles on related topics.
Eakin has taught a range of courses on sustainability at ASU, including the undergraduate course Sustainable Food and Farms and graduate seminars in Food System Sustainability and Adaptation, Resilience and Transformation. She also coordinates project-based learning courses in which students design and implement collaborative projects in collaboration with elements of the Phoenix community.
Eakin has drawn from her teaching experience in sustainability science to support curriculum development. She was instrumental in the development of an undergraduate certificate in food systems sustainability at ASU.