Prof. Jason Derry (communication studies) specializes in rhetoric, ethics and media studies, primarily within the subfield of environmental communication. Jason’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Denver investigates media influences on children’s agency in response to climate change, within popular film and science discourses. He holds a master of arts in environmental education from Goshen College in Indiana, where he says his formal training “was highlighted by moments such as catching frogs with second graders, leading wild edible hikes, and sitting in a tree dressed up as a great horned owl to teach children about the nocturnal raptor.” He earned his B.A. in English/writing at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. In addition to academics, Jason has experience in the broader environmental movement as a community organizer, advocate, policy writer and naturalist. He is the founder and project manager of the environmental children’s book company Oakenday Press. Recent publications include works focused on elephants, pangolins, and women in STEM.
An interdisciplinary environmental designer, prof. Andrew Keller (REED) is a licensed architect, urban planner and builder. His recent academic destinations include Yestermorrow Design/Build School (coordinator, Ecological Design in the Built Environment), Norwich University (adjunct professor, School of Art and Architecture), and Vermont Technical College (adjunct professor, Landscape Design & Sustainable Horticulture Program). Devoted to the principles of ecological design, Andrew believes that theory and practice are inseparable. “In other words, critical thinking and making are both necessary tools to advance resource conservation and increase personal and environmental awareness,” he explains. Andrew is the principal of Andrew Keller Design in Montpelier, Vt. and has twin 8-year-old girls. A former ski racer, he’s reluctantly put his straight skis away and tried shape skis. In an attempt to combine the two, he annually sleds down the 4-mile access trail on Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains. Andrew holds master’s degrees in architecture and in city planning from University of California, Berkeley.
Christina Roy Ryan (communications studies) was appointed over the summer as instructor of graphic design. At GMC she will split her time between teaching and working as a designer in the College’s communications office. Christina has extensive experience in the classroom and in the design industry. Since 2007, she’s worked as media design and development manager at The Home Service Store where she produced marketing and support materials for national home improvement programs. She also worked as a senior graphic designer at LMW Design, Inc. in Rutland. As an adjunct professor at Castleton University, Christina has taught a wide variety of courses in publication and advertising design, typography and computer graphics. She holds a BA in fine arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology.