Dissertations

Tammy McLeod | tammydee.mcleod@student.prescott.edu

Identification of Conservation Mindsets in Arizona

My research has worked to validate the effectiveness of conservation marketing currently used by 14 Conservation organizations in Arizona. In doing so, unique conservation mindsets have been identified for 19 individual conservation topics. The topics were explored via an online survey using a modified form of conjoint analysis called rule developing experimentation

Teresa Bertossi | teresa.bertossi@student.prescott.edu

Lake Superior Social-Ecological Resilience and the Cultural Landscape

The Lake Superior watershed is a vast and complex freshwater system shared by two countries and three states that must cooperate for sustainability. Many communities throughout the region are experiencing declining biodiversity, population, and qualities of life that threaten social-ecological resilience. I combined GIS, ethnography, and digital storytelling to answer: In what ways might rural coastal places build resilience by better linking livelihoods to conservation of land and water? Results include maps and stories of innovation, entrepreneurship, livelihood experiences, and suggestions for land management and sustainable community development based on local cooperative decision and policy making, co-management, and regional partnerships.

Megan Bloomer | megan.bloomer@student.prescott.edu

Exploring the Framework of Consent and Negotiation in the BDSM Community for Broader Application within Corporate Environments

The world of Bondage/Discipline, Domination/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (BDSM or kink) is one that intrigues many in an overwhelming way. The popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy demonstrated the mass appeal of this community to a mainstream audience. Yet E.L. James fails on all accounts to accurately represent the idea of consent, negotiation, and safe space. The kink community prides itself on the practices of safe, sane, and consensual or risk-aware consensual kink (RACK). This research starts to explore the possible applications for the consent and negotiation framework of the BDSM community to the corporate environment.  

Shane Roderick Snipes | ssnipes@prescott.edu

Effects of Ultrabrief Mindfulness on Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy

Entrepreneurship education (EE) needs to create entrepreneurial thinkers as the future unfolds with more workplace complexities and shifting skillsets, students must learn to think in innovative ways whether they are starting a company or working for one. However, the stressors of introducing entrepreneurship to students can be high due to the quest to promote new thinking, and not rote memorization. By combining ultra brief mindfulness with EE, students develop improved entrepreneurial self-efficacy compared to the control group.

Evan Martynovych | evan.martynovych@student.prescott.edu

White Activists Analyzing their White Privilege within Person of Color Led Food Justice Organizations

Often white people who have learned about their white privilege continue to perpetuate the system of white supremacy in the United States. The purpose of this dissertation project was to create an orientation to inform white folks on how their whiteness impacts the work that is done in food justice organizations, and how to work effectively within an organization that is led by people of color, specifically Hilltop Urban Gardens.

Phillip Halliwell | philip.halliwell@student.prescott.edu

Citizen science is an emerging approach to conducting research in the National Parks System. As National Parks work to cultivate stewards for their second century, this research strategy is viewed as one that may support valuable scientific efforts while engaging and connecting participants with parks. As this practice is increasingly leveraged, understanding the impact it has on those that are involved is important. This phenomenological research effort explored place attachment and stewardship motivations of graduate and undergraduate students contributing toward citizen science efforts in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Matthew Rogers | matthew.rogers@student.prescott.edu

Deepening Local Foodshed Connections Through Kitchen Based Learning

This dissertation presentation focuses on measuring how experiential learning could affect the local foodshed and then deepen one's connection to place. Highlights include how the cross sections of foodsheds, healthy food choices, access and demand issues, food deserts, urban agricultural, and the agricultural themes of Southeastern North Carolina all interplay into sense of place and understanding of local foodsheds. Furthermore, the presenter will review the case study findings to understand how might these themes be used in conjunction with other elementary level education programs such as garden-based learning.

Jennifer Mason | jennifer.mason@prescott.edu

Listening, Learning, and Resilience: Supporting the Productive Engagement of Diverse Perspectives through Suspension and Mindfulness

Working to understand and address complex social-ecological challenges requires the engagement of stakeholders who experience and think about the issues differently, but listening to, and productively interacting with those who have diverse perspectives can be profoundly difficult. When our views are challenged, self-protective responses block the flow of information, and inhibit learning and collaboration. This study was initiated to investigate the role of mindfulness in supporting David Bohm’s notion of suspension in multi-stakeholder dialogue about a contentious social-ecological issue. In this presentation, Jen will describe her study, summarize the findings, and explain the role of listening in supporting sustainability.

Molly Bigknife Antonio | mbigknifeantonio@prescott.edu

“Sitting at the Loom”: Weaving Sustainability through Navajo Kincentric Wisdom

How might sustainability be conveyed and fostered through the traditional Navajo cultural practice of weaving? Molly will present findings from her research with ten Navajo wool rug weavers, which looked for connections between weaving and sustainability. Their kincentric wisdom provided insights for nurturing our inherent human-nature symbiotic relationship. “Sitting at the loom” was an expression used by several of the weavers, which indicated not only a physical cultural art practice, but also a deeply multidimensional and creative spiritual space whereby creation and creator work together to weave balance and harmony into our shared ecology through kinship.