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Environment & Society

Faculty & Staff

The Chesapeake Semester is truly unique in the way that relies on a wide range of talent from Washington College faculty and staff.  All courses in the program are team taught to ensure that a variety of viewpoints and disciplines are represented. Faculty participation varies, with some giving one or two lectures in their area of specialization and others serving as the primary instructor for a course.

Under the guidance of the Dr. John Seidel, Director of CES, Mike Hardesty serves as the Chesapeake Semester administrator with logistical support from Ben Ford, Special Project Assistant, CES. They are joined by other Washington College faculty and a wide array of outside speakers and lecturers over the course of the semester.

Faculty involvement varies from semester to semester, but generally the program draws on the talents of the following Washington College faculty and staff:

Natural Sciences

Dr. Doug Levin*, Associate Director for Center for Environment & Society






Dr. Martin Connaughton*, Professor of Biology







Dr. Leslie Sherman, Professor of Chemistry







Dr. Christian Krahforst, CES fellow 








Dr. Sean Meehan*, Professor of English







Dr. Matthew McCabe*, Professor of Philosophy







Dr. Donald McColl, Professor of Art and Art History







Prof. Heather Harvey, Professor of Art







Prof. Alex Castro, Professor of Art







Social Sciences

Dr. John Seidel*, Director Center for Environment & Society







Dr. Aaron Lampman, Professor of Anthropology







Dr. Bill Schindler, Professor of Archaeology







Dr. Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science







Dr. Jennifer Hopper, Professor of Political Science







Dr. Michael Harvey, Professor of Business Administration







Prof. Mark Wiest, Professor of Anthropology







Dr. Brian Scott, Professor of Economics







Integrated curriculum, Multi-Media Development, and Partners

Mike Hardesty*, Assistant Director for the Chesapeake Semester







Kate Livie, Director of Education,  Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum







Michael Buckley, C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience






Brian Palmer, Director of Digital Media Services







Support Staff

Ben Ford, Special Programs Assistant for Center for Environment & Society






Kathy Thornton, Program and Intern Coordinator for Center for Environment & Society






*Designate course coordinators for each of the disciplines 


Over the semester students develop relationships and connections with professionals in any number of fields and they are expected to be more than “a student on a field trip”  in the Chesapeake Semester. Students will be viewed and treated as a young professional and will be expected to engage your professors, lecturers, guides, and speakers in a reciprocal manner. Students especially interested in a specific field or the work of a certain professor, scientist, artist, musician, advocate, or waterman, may look upon the Chesapeake Semester as a unique opportunity to make connections. Students are expected to utilize these connections during their undergraduate career, during graduate school, and at the beginning of professional careers. Our partners often offer internships to Chesapeake Semester students which can be viewed here. 

An abbreviated list of partners is provided below:

This list only touches on the breadth of the contacts students make and does not include individual artists, politicians, musicians, lobbyists, farmers, and watermen who students meet.