Visiting Fellows Program

Pace Academy brings prominent environmental thinkers and leaders to the university for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions across all three campuses.  Visiting fellows will fully participate in the intellectual life of the Pace Academy and the University.  Program integration has spanned environmental studies, management, marketing, public administration, English, biology, and law. 

During their time at Pace they will:

  • give at least one public talk on their research and lead a seminar session in their specialty with interested faculty members and students;
  • make a small number of guest presentations on their research to Pace University classes;
  • pursue their own research, including directing on-going research activity; and
  • prepare research proposals and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


Spring 2016

David Rejeski
Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

In residence February 24-25, 2016 and April 4-5, 2016.

Mr. David Rejeski, an expert on synthetic biology, nonomaterials and the challenges of regulating emerging technologies.  Contact Michelle Land at for information on scheduling Mr. Rejeski for a class lecture, faculty discussion, or student meeting opportunity during his residency.

Past Pace Academy Fellows


Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School

Oppenheimer joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a non-governmental, environmental organization, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program.  He continues to serve as a science advisor to EDF.

Oppenheimer is a Coordinating Lead Author and long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Most recently the IPCC group released their Fifth Assessment Report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.”

  Full Biography      

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
IPCC Fifth Assessment

Spring 2013

Sherwood Boehlert
Former Representative of New York; Public Servant


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Boehlert's week in residence has been cancelled.


Fall 2011

Glenn Prickett is Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy, the leading organization working around the world to protect lands and waters for people and nature. Glenn is a member of the Conservancy’s executive team and oversees international and U.S. government relations, corporate practices and sustainability efforts, and relationships with leading international institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Glenn joined The Nature Conservancy in January 2010 after two decades working on international environment and development policy.

  Full biography     Schedule of Events (pdf)  Press release  

The Journal News coverage of Hard Choices in Hard Times: Deciding Our Environmental Future

Fall 2010

Janisse Ray, author, naturalist and activist to Visit Pace November 1-5, 2010
Janisse Ray has published widely on the subject of the environment, community, and sustainable economics. She is author of three books of literary nonfiction and is an essayist, a poet (A House of Branches), and a fiction writer. Ms. Ray also is a naturalist, a political activist, a community organizer, and a lecturer. Her first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, is a memoir about growing up in a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. A plea to protect and restore the critically endangered pine flatwoods of the South, the book also looks at family, mental illness, poverty, and fundamentalist religion. Ecology was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the “Book All Georgians Should Read.” Ray’s second book, Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, is about rural community. Her third, Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land, is the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida. She is also on the faculty of Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program. 

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Altar Call for True Believers: Are we being change, or are we just talking about change?
by Janisse Ray (Orion September/October 2007)

Press Release: Environmental Fellows Roundtable (PLV)
Where Activism Meets Technological Innovation: The Challenge of Environmental Problem Solving

Fall 2009

L. Hunter Lovins, the first Visiting Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Institute Fellow, in residence the week of October 12, 2009 [see itinerary below], is the founder and President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. a  not for profit organization, and its subsidiary, Natural Capitalism Solutions. She believes that citizens, communities, and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. She has devoted herself to building teams to create and implement practical and affordable solutions to issues in creating a sustainable future.

A renowned author and a champion of sustainable development for over 30 years, Hunter Lovins has managed international non-profit organizations and corporations. She co-founded the widely respected Rocky Mountain Institute and led it for thirty years. As a public defender of the environment, she has addressed the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Congress, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and hundreds of other major conferences. She has received the Right Livelihood Award, the Leadership in Business Award, and dozens of other honors, and was named a  millennium “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine.
Lovins’s areas of focus include Natural capitalism: creating the next industrial revolution; International reconstruction and development: building a green Afghanistan; Energy policy: hope for the future; Sustainable business practice: a natural capitalism field guide; and Water policy: profitable solutions to the next resource crises.
Hunter Lovins visted multiple campuses during her residency.