Faculty Scholars

The Pace Academy Faculty Scholars Program promotes the application of research and scholarship to pedagogy, service, and policy that advances a mutually enhancing relationship between humans and nature.


• Support faculty involved in interdisciplinary, environmentally themed scholarship, pedagogy, policy development and service.

• Promote and connect the talent of faculty working collaboratively across disciplines at Pace University.

• Create and sustain a community of faculty scholars from diverse perspectives.

• Foster faculty-student research and scholarship.

• Encourage scholarly activity that advances the level and sophistication of environmental studies at Pace University.

Outcomes of the Pace Academy Faculty Scholars program may include, but are not limited to: scholarly papers, conferences, courses, communication and technological innovation applications.


2014-2015 Pace Academy Faculty Scholars

Matthew Bolton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bolton will expand on previous research regarding the politics of landmines clearance in Bosnia by exploring the nexus of landmines, natural disasters, and environmental degradation. While humanitarian demining efforts and risk education have significantly reduced the casualty rate of landmine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dwindling interest from international donors and political lethargy at the national level have left a sizable remnant problem – some 120,000 landmine remain uncleared. In the spring of 2014, the Balkan Peninsula was inundated with massive flooding. Mudslides, the overflowing of rivers and soil erosion have now moved landmines into areas previously cleared or considered safe. The landmine remain a significant threat to life in the region and their clearance depends on a number of environmental and political factors. Dr. Bolton’s work will be shared among relevant policymakers and practitioners in Bosnia and beyond.

Read Dr. Bolton's brief report on the Toxic Remnants of War blog.

David Caputo, Ph. D.
Professor of Political Science
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Dr Caputo will develop an advocacy MOOC (massive, open, on-line course) dealing with individual and group participation regarding environmental issues. The advocacy MOOC will be taught in the spring of 2015 and will consist of 8 to 15 modules prepared by Dr. Caputo and hosted on Coursesites. The goal of the advocacy MOOC is to increase public participation in environmental decision-making by providing specific ways an individual or group can get involved and how an individual or group can actually influence decision-makers.  Three levels of environmental issues will be included --- global, national, and local. Dr. Caputo’s MOOC and the analysis of its outcomes will provide a useful overview of what is possible using advocacy MOOCs and whether this strategy has a role to play in attempting to broaden public participation in environmental decision-making.

David N. Cassuto, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE)
Law School

Professor Cassuto will continue his work with Pace Law School students Of Counsel to the Pace Academy Environmental Policy and Practice Clinic, featuring our undergraduate clinicians. Professor Cassuto, as a Faculty Scholar, will assist Pace Academy with the development of each new semester's curriculum and in making the clinic a valuable experience for law students and undergraduates alike.

Imran Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Lubin School of Business

Casey Frid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Lubin School of Business

Dr. Imran Chowdhury and Dr. Casey Frid of the Lubin School of Business, will collaborate on a study that looks at how early-stage green ventures develop when faced with conflicting demands from their contexts (e.g., institutional environments). They will examine how green businesses, which balance social and economic demands, develop over time following their birth as organizations – a time when they are particularly sensitive to economic concerns. In addition, they will examine whether the label of “green business” has any impact on the actions and development of early-stage ventures.

Ultimately, they aim to uncover whether the extent of commitment to a “sustainable business” label influences elements of the business model green businesses employ, a question of important theoretical and practical importance. Drs. Frid and Chowdhury will conduct interviews with entrepreneurs and utilize secondary research to ultimately produce an empirical paper on green businesses.

Picheng Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Lubin School of Business

Dr. Lee’s research explores environmental accounting and the linear “take-make-waste” system operating since the industrial revolution. Companies “take” natural resources, “make” them into products, and then sell the products to consumers or commercial enterprises that eventually dispose of the products and packaging as “waste.” The resulting pollution and natural disasters have affected millions. However, the increased political and regulatory concerns have led corporate decision makers to realize that they can act as positive agents of change while simultaneously upholding their fiduciary responsibility to stockholders/stakeholders. Dr. Lee will convert environmental disclosures into sustainability reports. The reports will reveal the impacts of policy changes on the environment and natural resources, thereby better motivating companies to take additional actions to reduce wastes and emissions. He will also investigate the association between corporate environmental disclosure and value creation.




2013-2014 Pace Academy Faculty Scholars


David N. Cassuto, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE)
Law School

Professor Cassuto will design a credit-bearing program for up to four law students to serve Of Counsel to EPIC, an Environmental Policy and Innovation Clinic being launched by Pace Academy in the Spring of 2014 for undergraduate students.  He will also serve as supervising faculty to those law students. Professor Cassuto, as a Faculty Scholar, will assist Pace Academy with planning for the launch to maximize the value of the clinic experience for law students and undergraduates alike.

Kam C. Chan, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting
Lubin School of Business

There are many firms in the green industry that went public in the U.S. in recent years. Dr. Chan’s study will focus on these firms to achieve two research objectives. First, it examines the stock returns of green firms after their initial public offerings (IPOs) on major U.S. stock exchanges to determine if their offers are being timed. Second, it studies the earnings performance of green firms after their IPOs to investigate if their earnings are being manipulated. There are many studies that have examined the stock returns and earnings performance of firms that adopted green technologies in their business practices. However, there is very little research being done on the stock returns and earnings performance of green firms that provide green goods and services to other businesses and customers.

Claudia Green, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Director of Hospitality and Tourism Program
Lubin School of Business

Maria Luskay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Drs. Green and Luskay will integrate issues of environment and business in a new multidisciplinary course.  The course will bring business and non-business majors together to study, research, film and conduct interviews as they immerse themselves in the issues of mega sports events globally – focusing on Brazil as a case study.  The course will be co-taught by Dr. Green, Dr. Luskay, and Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy, and includes a field visit to Brazil where students will continue their research with the goal of publication, and film footage for the creation of a documentary.

Richard Kline, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Dr. Kline will work with researchers and staff of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries’ river monitoring program, River and Estuary Observation Network (REON),  to improve the graphical reports and graphs generated by the existing REON sensor platforms; to create tools to enable more advanced visualization and analysis of the data collected by the existing sensor network; and to develop demonstration prototypes to handle the larger volume of data expected in anticipation of the project’s plans to increase the number of locations and quantities of sensors in the network.  Dr. Kline will use his knowledge in design of information displays and good human-computer interaction practices toward improving the data visualization side of the REON project.

Noushi Rahman, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Lubin School of Business

Dr. Rahman will continue for a second year as a Pace Academy Faculty Scholar to further his original research goal to answer “why corporate environmental performance affects corporate financial performance.”  By conducting an unusually arduous research project, in the form of a meta-analysis of the ‘corporate environmental performance’ and ‘corporate financial performance’ relationship, Dr. Rahman  has framed the research, completed the full bibliographic search, and started the data coding process.  Completing the data coding, analyzing data using meta-regression techniques, and articulating the findings are the steps that remain to complete this study.



2012-2013 Pace Academy Faculty Scholars

The Office of the Provost and the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies are pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Pace Academy Faculty Scholars.  Each scholar will receive a $4,000 stipend for the year to contribute to a scholarly body of work that advances the level and sophistication of environmental studies at Pace University.

Dr. Lauren Birney’s Bridging the GAP STEM Program will create K-12 educator mentor-mentee teams that will explore opportunities to create more meaningful curricula based in the common core and experiential in nature.  This joint project between the Pace STEM Consortium and the Urban Assembly Schools is designed to increase student awareness of STEM through the implementation of significant inquiry investigations, including environmental applications, designed by the GAP team.

Dr. Lauren Birney is Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Education.
Professor David Cassuto will develop a course called “The Legal Animal,” with a potential to be cross-listed in other graduate disciplines. The course will examine how the various legal definitions of animal came about, and explore how they are applied.  It will ask whether and how such distinctions function within the legal system.  Services of several student research assistants will be employed and a reading group of interested students from across the university will be formed. The course development will also draw on the expertise of colleagues in the sciences, humanities, and law.

David Cassuto is Professor of Law in Pace’s Law School.
Dr. Helane Levine-Keating will build on her role in course development and collaborative teaching in The River Experience course as a faculty scholar.  She will work with other faculty and department chairs across the University to create 15-credit program of three linked courses that will propose to include Interdisciplinary Learning Communities, a regional travel course, and an experiential deep dive into the Hudson River Valley. 

Dr. Helane Levine-Keating is Professor of English, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies in Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Frank Marchese’s Bits of the Urban Environment will be produced as a digital art show, panel discussion, and catalogue to explore how digital artists are transforming our vision of the urban environment and enabling citizens to engage urban spaces in innovative ways. This show marks the tenth anniversary of the Pace University Digital Art Gallery, and will be exhibited in its lower Manhattan gallery space and on-line during spring 2013.
Frank Marchese is Professor of Computer Science in the Seidenberg School of Computer and Information Systems.
Digital Art and the Urban Environment - Symposium
Free and open to the public. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Pace University (NYC), Multipurpose Room.
Dr. Noushi Rahman will conduct a meta-analysis about the effects of environmental corporate social responsibility (ECSR) on firm performance. Meta-analysis is an econometric technique that is used to aggregate existing published and unpublished empirical research to advance some conclusive answers to a research question. To date, no meta-analysis has been conducted on ECSR’s influence on performance.  Dr. Rahman’s past research pertaining to ESCR has been published in the prestigious journals Business & Society and Journal of Business Ethics, and a similar top-tier journal submission will follow from his Pace Academy faculty scholar research.

Dr. Noushi Rahman is Professor of Management in Lubin School of Business.