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Shirley Vincent, PhD

Principal and Owner

Dr. Vincent served from 2006-2017 as Research Fellow, Director of the Center for Environmental Education Research, and Director of Research and Evaluation for the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In this capacity she produced an exclusive series of NCSE research reports on environmental, sustainability, natural resources and energy academic and research programs. This research tracks national trends and documents and analyses the scope, defining characteristics, administrative structures, and curriculum and program designs in these innovative and rapidly changing fields. She is the author of many scholarly articles on environmental and sustainability higher education and has been invited to speak at the National Science Foundation Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous international and national conferences.  

She has served in many leadership positions including advisor to the national Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, North American Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, conference committee co-chair for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, member of the executive council for the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, member of the executive board for the Society for Human Ecology, and Task Group Chair for the ASTM International Worldwide Standards Subcommittee on Environmental Risk Assessment, Communication and Management. 

Dr. Vincent earned her Ph.D. in environmental science with specializations in environmental policy, sustainability and education from Oklahoma State University. Her research focused on environmental and sustainability policy and governance and stakeholder participation in decision-making. She also holds degrees in Biological Sciences (MS) with specialization in genetics and molecular/cellular biology, and Cellular Biology (BS) from the University of Tulsa. 

Dr. Vincent has served as my evaluator for several years, and she is my first choice when I need evaluation services.  Her work is always impeccable, from outlining an evaluation approach during the project proposal stage, to designing an evaluation plan, to collecting and analyzing data, to engaging with investigators around project outcomes. Dr. Vincent is uncommonly skilled at tracking the many details that come with evaluating a complex project. Moreover, she is more than an evaluator. She is a reputable researcher in science education who consistently contributes valuable knowledge and ideas to the project.

– Dr. Deana Pennington, Principal Investigator, EMBeRS


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