• Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 864.294.3655
  • Shi Center for Sustainability
  • courtney.quinn@furman.edu

Dr. Quinn holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her specific teaching and research interests revolve around sustainability and environmental leadership. She continues to teach Environmental Leadership at her alma mater as well as teach at Furman. Currently, Courtney serves as the Research Fellow and Program Manager at the Shi Center for Sustainability conducting research of food and farming issues. She has published in the areas of human dimensions of natural resources as well as in higher education pedagogy, specifically in regards to development of critical thinking in college students.

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Sustainability Science

Introduction to the concepts of sustainability science and the complex problems associated with sustainability. In particular students will examine the challenge of supporting nine billion people without destroying the planetary resource base, social cohesion, and integrity of the individual. Labs will cover introduction to methods in sustainability.


Human Systems

Exploration of the effects of human activities, consumption patterns and the complexity of human behavior on sustainable development. Application of the science of human behavior to complex problems such as sustainable consumption, human health, poverty, equity, and food security.

  • Burbach, M.E., Matkin, G.S., Quinn, C.E., and Searle, T. 2012. The impact of preparing agriculture faculty to influence student critical thinking disposition. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2).
  • Quinn, C., Harding, H., and Matkin, G. 2011. Team-based learning for agricultural ethics. North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 55(4), 91-96.
  • Quinn, C. and G. Matkin. 2011. Teaching Sustainability Leadership. In (Eds.) K. Bartels and K. Parker Teaching Sustainability and Teaching Sustainably. Stylus Publishing.
  • Tang, Z., Brody, S.D., Li, R., Quinn, C., and Zhao, N. 2011. Examining locally-driven climate change policy efforts in three pacific states. Ocean & Coastal Management, 54: 415-426.
  • Tang, Z., Wei, T., Quinn, C., Zhao, N., 2011. Surveying Local Planning Directors’ Actions for Climate Change. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 4(1): 81-103.
  • Flores, K., Matkin, G., Burbach, M., Quinn, C., and Harding, H. 2011. Deficient critical thinking skills among college graduates: Implications for leadership. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(2)212-230.
  • Quinn, C. and Burbach, M. 2010. A test of personal characteristics that influence farmer’s conservation practices. Great Plains Research, 20(2): 193-204.
  • Tang, Z., Brody, S.D., Quinn, C., Chang, L., and Wei, T. 2010. Moving from agenda to action: Evaluating local climate change action plans. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(1): 41-62.
  • Quinn, C., Burbach, M., Matkin, G., and Flores, K. 2009. Critical thinking for natural resource, agricultural, and environmental ethics education. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 38: 221–227.
  • Quinn, C. and Quinn, J.E. 2009. The great Patagonia land grab: A case study on international biodiversity, conservation and environmental politics. The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Quinn, C. and Burbach, M. 2008. Personal characteristics preceding pro-environmental behaviors that improve surface water quality. Great Plains Research, 18(1):103-114.
  • Shulman S., Katz, J., Quinn, C., and Srivastava, P. 2005. Empowering environmentally-burdened communities in the US: A primer on the emerging role for information technology. Local Environment, 10:5 501–512.

Dr. Quinn's research interests include; leadership (environmental, agricultural, sustainability, natural resources), food and farming issues, place attachment, and critical thinking development.

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