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Dr. Peter Buckland

Academic Programs Manager

Peter Buckland manages academic programming for Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. He connects and catalyzes faculty, staff, students, and the public to imaginatively integrate sustainability into academics and outreach. He supports programming with competencies-based reviews and revision for majors, minors, courses, and units, guest-teaching, and faculty development. He and his interns also curate online sustainability education tools and blog on The Field Guide to Teaching Sustainability. Peter also collaborates with university, media, and community partners to bring films, art exhibitions, symposia, and researchers and public scholars to Penn State. Since 2016, he has taught Sustainability 200: Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability as well as a special topics course in Educational Theory and Policy where he holds an affiliate faculty position. Buckland communicates widely on sustainability, education, democracy, and music in peer-reviewed and popular press, blogs, radio, podcasts, and public presentations. As a scholar, Peter brings his interests together by exploring civically engaged education for climate change policy and how heavy metal music communicates environmental ethics and issues of global risk.

Peter holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy and an M.A. and a B.A. in Music with a minor in Creative Writing. In October 2015 his first book of poetry, Heartwood, was published by Mt. Nittany Press. He serves as the Vice Chair on the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors, the only township in Pennsylvania to have signed the We Are Still In campaign.