Joel Hartter

Joel is an Associate Professor and Faculty Director for the Masters of the Environment (MENV) professional graduate degree program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado USA. Joel is a National Geographic Explorer, and for the last 20 years, Joel has worked as a researcher, consultant, engineer, and educator. He has projects across East and Southern Africa and Madagascar at national parks exploring issues of conservation management, climate change, health, resource extraction, human behavior, and recreation. He has also worked on forest management and wildfire in communities of the western United States. He has also served in various advisory and consulting capacities for communities, non-profits, and organizations in areas of conservation, sustainability, stakeholder engagement, recreation management, and community development. He currently partners with the state of Colorado’s Rural Technical Assistance Program through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to lead their Grow Your Outdoor Industry, which seeks to build capacity, engender and empower inclusive and diverse stakeholder participation, and strengthen rural economies. As the director of the MENV program, Joel oversees the development of professional graduate education, external partnerships across the US, and leadership in leading edge professional education for the next generation of environmental managers and sustainability professionals. Joel has worked for the National Park Service, as an engineer in the automotive industry, and started an international non-governmental organization focusing on girls’ and women’s education and training in Uganda. His expertise is in sustainability planning, community development, stakeholder engagement, geospatial methods, analysis of human behavior, and higher education curriculum development. Joel holds a PhD in geography from the University of Florida, a MSc in Forestry from Oregon State University, and BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in German from the University of Michigan. Joel speaks German, Swahili, and is learning Spanish.

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Transforming Communities (Coursera)

This course focuses on communities and organizations in transition, and using the skills and new knowledge you have to lead change. In this course, we will discuss fundamentals of sustainability and resilience. We then go over the essentials of being a change maker. This course will provide further opportunity [...]
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Developing a Systems Mindset (Coursera)

A Systems Mindset teaches learners how to interact effectively as service providers, consultants, researchers, developers, or other professionals providing a service or product to a person, group, or community. This course provides the basic foundations for policy makers, real estate developers, consultants, government agencies, engineers, and non-profit organizations the [...]
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Strategies for Effective Engagement (Coursera)

Being a successful professional requires creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial thinking, and to continually have a problem-solving mindset. As a systems thinker, you are expected to engage complex problems from multiple perspectives and different angles, viewing them holistically. This course exposes the student to a variety of tools used to [...]
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