The School of Humanities & Social Science is pleased to announce the publication of Professor James Martin’s new book The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders. This volume provides insight on the best practices for establishing sustainable policies and programs in colleges and universities. Professor Martin not only offers environmentally friendly solutions to almost every major operational area of college campuses, but identifies specific action plans and emerging trends in sustainability efforts. The book, available for purchase at John Hopkins University Press, is a key reference for practical guidance on instituting sustainability.

“The arena of sustainability is continually evolving and differs from one college to the next,” said Martin. “It’s important for colleges and universities to make strides towards improving their green practices. My hope is that faculty, staff and students, interested in climate change, will read this book and learn how they can further promote sustainability on our campus.”

About Professor James Martin

James Martin, a professor of English, has been a member of the Mount Ida community for 32 years. In May 2012, he was awarded the Ronald Lettieri Award for Excellence in Teaching. He currently teaches first-year English courses, including British Literature, American Popular Culture, and a Junior Seminar in Catastrophes and Disasters. Professor Martin also serves on the College’s Diversity and Tenure Appeals Committees.

In addition, he has published, with colleagues in higher education, four other texts for John Hopkins University, including Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence;Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change; Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers; and First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Professor Martin holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Colby College, Masters Degree in Biblical Literature and Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University.

Scott Burke is Interim Program Director for our Master of Science in Management Program, Associate Professor, Executive Chairman for the FC Bolts Celtic, Member of the Board of Directors for the Wellesley United Soccer Club, and President of the Affinity Marketing Group. All of his roles may sound ambitious, but Burke is dedicated. With his well-rounded background, it is no wonder that he has been a great addition to our undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Success in the business world

Since joining the School of Business in 2007, Burke continues to share his curricula experience in the subject areas of Business Policy, Principles of Marketing, Sports Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Management Theory and Organizations, Strategic Planning and Policy Development, and Project Management. Furthermore, outside of the classroom, Burke advises the Distributed Educational Clubs of America (DECA) Student Chapter.

Dynamic industry expertise

With his 25 years of experience, Burke understands the importance of preparing students for the job market. Previously, before joining Affinity Marketing Group in 2001, Burke devoted 18 years to publicly traded corporations and entrepreneurial start-up ventures. From his former roles as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Saucony, Inc., Vice President, Business Development for S&H Greenpoints, and Vice President, Marketing and Product Development for Craft House International, Burke is an expert in areas ranging from strategy, marketing, sales, business loyalty, and organization change.

In addition to his professional background, Burke holds his Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University. His dissertation research is grounded in the subject of Business Loyalty (employee, member, customer and investor). Burke also holds his Masters of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University.

Jacqueline Palmer, D.P.E., is a consummate athlete whether she’s on the field or in the classroom. As a professor, program director for sport management, and previous director of athletics, she is known around campus for enthusiastically educating future generations.

Inspiring to lead

Before arriving at Mount Ida in 1987, Palmer worked as a Corporate Fitness Specialist for Xerox Corporation. In addition, she worked in higher education at the University of Bridgeport, High Point University, and Albertus Magnus College. In her current position, Palmer has created a curriculum for wellness education and sports administration with our hands-on, interactive classes.

“I believe in the mind, body, and spirit synergy for personal wellness,” said Palmer. “I workout six days a week and have run the Boston and Chicago marathons, biked 1000 miles with my older brother in England, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Alaska, and Italy. The last several years, I have competed in the summer 1.5 mile open swim on Cape Cod Bay to aid those in need of financial support for health care.”

Boston sports

Palmer’s active involvement in the Boston community has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Teaching in our sports-crazy city, our students care about winning in the competitive industry by landing a job in sport management, fitness, or recreation. Some students even pursue graduate studies to complete their master’s degree.

“Upon arriving at Mount Ida, I found that the college could be the center stage for expanded athletics for women and men,” stated Palmer. “You see this today with our 15 varsity teams, which are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III.”