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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, Ben Ford serves as the Chesapeake Semester Program Manager. 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. Martin Connaughton*, Professor of Biology







Dr. Doug Levin, Deputy Director and Chief Scientist for Center for Environment & Society







Dr. Leslie Sherman, Professor of Chemistry







 Dr. Rebecca Fox, Professor of Env. Science and Studies




Kate LivieKate Livie*, Adjunct Faculty, Chesapeake Regional Studies







Dr. Sean Meehan, Professor of English







Dr. Matthew McCabe, Professor of Philosophy







Prof. Heather Harvey, 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. Brian Scott, Professor of Economics







Integrated curriculum, Multi-Media Development, and Partners

Mike Hardesty*, Assistant Director for the Chesapeake Semester










Support Staff

Ben Ford, Program Manager for the Chesapeake Semester







*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 young professionals and will be expected to engage their 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.