Environmental Studies at UVM

Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright (formerly Getchell)

Student Services Coordinator, Advisor

Environmental Program

Bittersweet House Room 212

  • 802-656-0176

Walk-in Office Hours: 

Monday 10:30 - 12 noon, and Thursday 1:30 - 3:30

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Numerous possibilities, weekly. Please call Jaclyn Devino, 656-4055, to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Student services, academic and study abroad advising, internship and job guidance


​Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright has been the Student Services Coordinator in the Environmental Program since February of 1995.  She serves as a critical link between Program faculty, college and university administrations and environmental studies (ENVS) majors, minors, students taking ENVS courses, and the public. Ibit's primary responsibilities fall into three categories: student support and informational advising, Program communications and website management, and opportunity referrals to students. She offers academic and personal advising to UVM students and prospective first year and transfer students.

Ibit talks with students about environmental studies and helps them understand academic requirements, especially related to the ENVS major and minor, college/school requirements, individual programs of study, and course selection.  She aims to help students find the program of study that best matches their goals and interests. Ibit also serves as a sounding board for questions about internships, off-campus domestic and study abroad experiences, and other academic choices.

As a Lecturer, Ibit has taught these UVM ENVS courses:
Writing Shelburne Farms - Summer 2004, 2005, 2006
Writing Home - Spring 2004
Knowing Place, Writing Home - Spring 2000, 2001, 2002
Knowing Place: Painting, Writing and Ecological Perception (co-taught with artist, Cameron Davis) - Spring 1999
Exploring Nature Writing - Fall and Spring 1998

Outstanding Staff Woman Award, 2014, for significant contributions to the lives of women on campus through service, advocacy and/or feminist programming.
Star Award for Supportive Academic Staff, 2012, for exemplary commitment to the academic success of UVM students.
Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001, in recognition of an outstanding commitment to teaching and the engagement of students in the pursuit of knowledge. 

Ibit is an avid hiker, cyclist, and nordic and telemark skier.


  • M.S. Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, 1990
  • B. A. Geology/Northern Studies, Middlebury College, 1983
  • Certificate in Northern Studies, Center for Northern Studies, 1982
  • Springside School, Philadelphia Pa., 1979