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Sarah Stapleton is an Assistant Professor in the Education Studies department, core faculty in Environmental Studies, and an affiliate faculty member with UO Food Studies. Before earning her doctorate, she taught middle and high school environmental science, physical science, chemistry, and general science at public schools in California and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Gambia, West Africa. Sarah is credentialed by the state of California to teach chemical and biological sciences.

From 2019-2022, Sarah has served as Chair, Program Chair, and Past Chair for the Environmental Education Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association. Sarah serves on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Environmental Education and the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.

At the UO, Sarah primarily works with undergraduates in the Education Foundations program, pre-service teachers in the UO Teach masters program, and doctoral students in the Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education program. She also advises masters and doctoral students in the UO Environmental Studies program. Sarah has participated on the UO Student Food Insecurity Task Force since 2019. Sarah serves at the College of Education representative on the Provost’s Environmental Initiative Faculty Advisory Board, and is the Provost’s Environmental Initiative Fellow for Spring 2022.

Sarah strives for community-based scholarship and service. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Food for Lane County, the food bank serving our community. Sarah is also part of the steering committee of Oregon Educators for Climate Education, a group working to advocate for Oregon state legislation for climate education.