Valerie S. Banschbach
Since 2014, Dr. Valerie Banschbach has served as professor and chair of environmental studies at Roanoke College. For 17 years previously, she was professor and chair of biology, and founding director of environmental studies at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.
Banschbach’s research earned her a Fulbright-Nehru senior scholar grant for research and teaching in Uttarakhand, India. Twenty-seven undergraduate researchers mentored by Banschbach have co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, received grants, presented at national conferences, and been selected for the Council for Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” sessions.
Over the past 23 years, Banschbach has developed innovative curricula and pedagogy in biology, environmental studies and sciences. She incorporates intercultural and service learning into her courses, with a goal of helping students gain empathy and motivation to care for the environment and people. Banschbach has led travel courses to Costa Rica, India and Kenya (upcoming May 2019) and a semester program in Yucatán, Mexico.
Banschbach has published peer-reviewed articles and co-edited a book describing interdisciplinary pedagogical and curricular innovations. She is frequently invited to speak and organizes symposia at scholarly conferences. Recent recognition includes Saint Michael’s Norbert A. Kuntz Service Award and Class Appreciation Award, selection for the Senior Leadership Academy of the Council of Independent Colleges, and election as president-elect of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Banschbach received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida.