Dr. Richard R. Jurin, Associate Professor

Richard Jurin

Education

  • Ph.D.: The Ohio State University
  • M.S.: The Ohio State University
  • B.S./M.S. : Huddersfield College, England

Contact information

  • E-mail: richard.jurin@unco.edu
  • Phone: (970) 351-2220
  • Fax: (970) 351-2335
  • Office: Ross Hall 2520
  • Office hours: by appointment

Courses taught

  • Biological Perspectives (BIO 101)
  • Principles of Biology (BIO 110)
  • Foundations of Biological Research (BIO 694)
  • Problems in College Teaching (BIOED 682)
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENST 100)
  • Politics, Environment, and Law (ENST 205)
  • Conservation of natural Resources (ENST 265)
  • Ecological Commerce (ENST 291)
  • Sustainable Living (ENST 380)
  • Senior Seminar (ENST 405)
  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science (ENST 509)
  • Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems (ENST 515)
  • American Environmental History (MIND 295 – Global Systems)
  • Science Education for Adults and Communities (SCED 555)
  • Science Education Seminar (SCED 678)
  • Science Education research (SCED 694)
  • Science Writing (SCI 291)

Research interests and professional activities

My interests include worldviews as barriers to sustainability; sustainable development; media literacy; perceptions of wilderness; business leadership for sustainability; sustainability in tourism & interpretation, interpretations of visual media perceptions during non-formal and informal educational settings.

  • Board of Directors for National Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Chair of Research Commision for NAAEE
  • Chair of Sustainability Education Commission NAAEE
  • Board of Directors for Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE)
  • Section Officer for Colleges, Universities, & Academics section of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
  • Coordinator for Environmental Studies program - UNC
  • Director of Advanced Placement Environmental Science Institute - UNC
  • Director of Upward-Bound math & Science - UNC
  • Member of EPA - National Environmental Education Advisory Council

Grants and academic honors

Recipient of the College of Natural and Health Sciences’ Academic Leadership Award for 2010-2011.

Funded projects

  • 2006 -- Internship for undergraduate student summer work, Newton-Marasco Foundation ($1000), Investigator.
  • 2006-2008 -- Environmental Literacy Education with Native Americans, part of an ongoing NSF LTER project in collaboration with Colorado State University ($6980), Co-Investigator.
  • 2006-2008 -- Environmental Education for LTER project, part of an ongoing NSF LTER project in collaboration with Colorado State University ($5673), Co-Investigator.
  • 2006-2008 -- COSMOS (UBMS) - Continuation of last two years of third cycle, U.S. Dept of Education ($687,759), Director.

Recent publications

Books

  • Jurin, R.R, Roush, D.E. Jr & Danter, K.J. Environmental Communications: Principles and Skills for Natural Resource Professionals, Scientists, and Engineers, 2nd edition. Springer Publications. (2010).
  • Fox-Parrish, L., Jurin, R. R., Schafer, M. and Sommersted, K. Ghost Cats of the Tetons: Mitzly the Mountain Lion (books 1, 2 and 3)” The Cougar Fund (third grade education book series on cougars). The Cougar Fund/Authorhouse publishing). (2010)
  • Jurin, R. R. Sustainable Living: Applying Principles of Sustainability for a Healthier, Happier, and More Prosperous Future, (Textbook in preparation for 2011 printing). Human Kinetics publishers
  • Jurin R.R., Disinger, J. F., Schoenfeld, A. C. & Tomsen, J. L. American Environmental History: A worldviews approach to American Environmental History. (in search of publisher).

Book chapters

  • Jurin R. R. Chapter 27 - Pollution and Resources from a Global Perspective. In Human Biology, 8th edition. Sylvia Mader, McGraw Hill Publishing Company. (2004).
  • Jurin, R.R. "Environmental Communications" in Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology. Lehr, J. (Ed.). McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. (2000).

Manuals

  • Jurin, R. R., Heimlich, J. E., Tretz, M., Pritz, S., Hitzhusen, F. & Hoitink, H. Solid Waste Curriculum Guide for Officials of Small Communities. (Program Manual developed for The National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities, West Virginia University). Community Development, Ohio State University Extension, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. (1995).

Articles

  • Gaede,D.B., Strickert, D. & Jurin, R.R. (2010). Nature-Based Tourism Businesses in Colorado: Interpreting Environmental Ethics and Responsible Behavior. The Journal of Tourism Insights, 1(1): 52-58.
  • Thomas, D.F., Gaede, D.B., Jurin, R.R., and Connolly, L.S. Understanding the Link Between Organizational Behavior and Community Sense Of Place: The place based network model. Community Development, 39 (30): 33-45. (2009).
  • Jurin, R. R., & Fox-Parrish, L. M. Factors in helping educate about Energy Conservation. Applied Environmental Education & Communication. 7(3): 66-75. (2008).
  • Fox-Parrish, L. M., & Jurin, R. R.. Student Perceptions Relative to a Highly Contentious, Yet Keystone Species, the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog: A Case Study. Journal of Environmental Education. 39:4, 3-14. (2008)
  • Jurin, R. R. & Moffatt T. Frontline to desk: Preparing to survive the transition from interpreter to administrator. The Interpreter (Invited submission). National Association for Interpretation: Fort Collins, CO. 3 (6): 9-11 (2007).
  • Jurin, R. R. & Hutchinson, S. Worldviews in Transition: using ecological autobiographies to explore students' worldviews. NAAEE Research Commission, Research Briefs, No 06-01 (summary publication for use by practitioners). (2006).
  • Jurin, R. R. & DeGrigorio, M. Successfully Integrating Field Studies Into The Classroom. The Interpreter (Invited paper). National Association for Interpretation: Fort Collins, CO. 2, (2): 21-23. (2006).
  • Jurin, R. R. & Hutchinson, S. Worldviews in Transition: using ecological autobiographies to explore students' worldviews. Environmental Education Research, 11(5): 485-501. (2005).
  • Jurin, R. R.. & Fortner, R. W. Symbolic Beliefs as Barriers to Responsible Environmental Behavior. Environmental Education Research, 8, (4): 375-397. (2002).
  • Jurin, R. R., Grener, D. E. & Geiger, W. E. Environmental Themes in Daily Newspaper Comics in the Columbus Dispatch from 1989 to 1991: A Content Analysis. The International Journal of Environmental Education and Information, 16(1): 1-16. (1997).

Keynote presentations

  • Jurin, R. R. (2008). “Sustainable Development and the Future of Waste Management.” Invited Keynote Speaker for the Missouri and Arkansas Recycling Coalitions Annual Conference, Branson, MO, May 12-14, 2008.
  • Jurin, R. R. (2007). Invited Keynote Speaker (Art Hawkins Memorial Lecture) for the “Leopold Education Project” National Conference, Baraboo, WI. June 22-23, 2007.

Recent professional presentations

  • Jurin R. R. “Understanding advertizing and media literacy to promote sustainable communities” Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education, Buffalo, NY, September 30 – October 2, 2010.
  • Jurin R. R. & Gaede, D. “The Civic Tourism process for creating sustainable communities” Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education, Buffalo, NY, September 30 – October 2, 2010.
  • Jurin R. R., Gaede, D. & Thomas D. “Identifying factors that help create Intentional Communities” Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education, Buffalo, NY, September 30 – October 2, 2010.
  • Jurin R.R. & Gaede D. “Teaching Media Literacy to Promote Sustainable Communities” Institute of Sustainable Education and World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO) – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, Paris, May 17-20, 2010.
  • Gaede D & Jurin R.R. “Using Civic Tourism to empower Civic Engagement for Sustainable Communites..” Institute of Sustainable Education and World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO) – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, Paris, May 17-20, 2010.
  • Jurin R.R. & Gaede, D. “Creating a Process for Operating from Place-building values in Sustainable Development.” Institute of Sustainable Education and World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO) – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade, Paris, May 17-20, 2010.
  • Jurin, R. R. “Interpreting Spirituality: New Age Weirdness, Religious fervor, or new Sustainability thinking” INTERPRETIVE SOURCEBOOK, and presented at The National Association for Interpretation, Hartford, CT, November 17-21, 2009.
  • Strickert, D. & Jurin, R. R. “Nature-based tourism organizations as place builders in the natural environment” INTERPRETIVE SOURCEBOOK, and presented by Jurin at The National Association for Interpretation, Hartford, CT, November 17-21, 2009.
  • Jurin, R. R.“Making the easy connection from ecology to ecological economics” CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Portland, OR, October 7-10, 2009
  • Roush, D. & Jurin, R. R.“Axioms for environmental communication” CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Portland, OR, October 7-10, 2009
  • Strickert, D. & Jurin, R. R.“Nature-based tourism organizations: Place builders in the natural environment” CONFERENECE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at the preconference 2-day Research Symposium, The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Portland, OR, October 6-7, 2009.
  • Jurin R. R., Thomas D., Gaede, D., Connelly, L. & Corman, R. “Avoiding exploited communities - Business place-building builds sustainable communities.” Presented at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, Canada, May 10-14, 2009. Moderated the symposium Session 01-06, titled “Business and the environment.”
  • Jurin, R. R. & Kimball, M “Resolving environmental justice/equity issues through empathy – but what is empathy really?” Presented at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, Canada, May 10-14, 2009.
  • Jurin, R. R. “Achieving Spirituality? Looking for Fulfillment in all the Wrong Places.” Presented at The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado, April 24-26, (2009).
  • Gaede, D., Thomas D., Jurin R.R, & Connelly, L. “Sustainability and Sense of Place – the Community/Economy Connection” Presented by Gaede at the 5th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Mauritius, January 6, 2009.
  • Jurin, R. R. “Interpreting Shopping Malls as a desperate search for community” INTERPRETIVE SOURCEBOOK, and presented at The National Association for Interpretation, Albuquerque, NM, November 11-16, (2008).
  • Jurin, R. R. & Kimball, M. “Building empathy to resolve environmental justice issues – but what is empathy?” CONFERENECE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Wichita, KS, October 15-18, 2008
  • Jurin, R. R. “The illusion of consumer happiness – a desperate search for spirituality.” CONFERENECE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Wichita, KS, October 15-18, 2008
  • Jurin, R. R., Thomas D. & Gaede, D. “Understanding how business Sense of Place builds sustainable communities.” CONFERENECE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at the Pre-conference Research Symposium, October 13-14, 2008, The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Wichita, KS.
  • Jurin, R. R. “Why more stuff and more money is making us unhappy – a reality check.” Presented at The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado, April 25-27, (2008).
  • Gaede, D. B., Jurin, R. R., & Thomas, D. L.. (2007). “Finding the greens: Identifying sustainable tourism and interpretation partnerships. 2007 National Workshop Interpretive Sourcebook CD-ROM, 223-225.
  • Jurin, R. R., Gaede, D. B., & Thomas, D. L. (2007). “Finding the greens among the browns: How organizations contribute to community place building. Interpreting World Heritage 2007 – Interpretive Proceedings CD-ROM, 131-133, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 25-30, 2007.
  • Jurin, R. R. “Building community partnerships for sustainability: Identifying green organizations from the filthy browns.” CONFERENECE PROCEEDINGS and Presented at The North American Association of Environmental Education ,Virginia Beach, November, 13-17, (2007)
  • Jurin, R.R. “Promoting an Appealing Vision of Sustainability,” Presented at the Utah Environmental Education Conference. Moab, Utah, October 26-27, (2007).
  • Jurin, R. R. “Promoting Sustainability by walking THEIR talk 2.” Presented at The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado, April 27-29, (2007).

Recent books

  • Jurin, R.R, Danter, K.J. & Roush, D.E. Jr. Environmental Communications: Principles and Skills for Natural Resource Professionals, Scientists, and Engineers. Pearson Publishing: Indianapolis, IN. (2000).
  • Jurin, R.R, Roush, D,Jr. & Danter, K.J. Environmental Communications: Principles and Skills for Natural Resource Professionals, Scientists, and Engineers, 2nd Edition. Springer. Dordrecht, Netherlands. (2010).
  • Fox-Parrish, L., Jurin, R. R., Loftis, E., Schafer, M. and Sommersted, K. " Ghost Cats of the Tetons: Mitzly the Mountain Lion (books 1, 2 & 3)" The Cougar Fund (third grade education (book series on cougars). (Authorhouse - The Cougar Fund).
  • Jurin R.R., Disinger, J. F., Schoenfeld, A. C. & Tomsen, J. L. American Environmental History: A worldviews approach to American Environmental History. (in search of publisher).
  • Jurin, R. R. Living Better: Applying Principles of Sustainability for a Healthier, Happier, and More Prosperous Future, (Textbook in preparation, completion by Fall 2010 – Contract with HPERD publishers)
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