Steve has over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing and enhancing innovative academic programs. At the University of Idaho, he served as associate dean of the College of Natural Resources, Chair of the Department of Conservation Social Sciences, and founding director of the university’s award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, and founding director of the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). He was also director of the University’s Park Studies Unit, which is a branch of the National Park Service Social Science Program. Formerly he was co-editor of the international academic journal Society and Natural Resources. Prior to the University of Idaho, he was a professor and program coordinator in the Division of Forestry at Western Virginia University.
His scholarship work is in the areas of land use policy and management; land trusts and conservation easements; and environmental leadership. His career includes nationally and internationally recognized scholarship. He is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications, including refereed articles, peer-reviewed agency research reports, book chapters and research reports. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and his doctorate from Ohio State University.
The dean of Huxley College is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership to an engaged community of faculty and staff members in two academic departments, four off-campus program sites and four related institutes. The dean reports directly to the provost and serves on the university’s Council of Deans.