Environmental Studies at UVM

Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright Getchell

Student Services Coordinator, Advisor

Environmental Program

Bittersweet House Room 212

  • 802-656-0176

Areas of Interest: 

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


​Ibit 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 major responsibilities fall into four categories: student support and informational advising, Program communications, public information, and opportunity referrals to students. I offer academic and personal advising to UVM students and prospective first year and transfer students.

Ibit talks with students about environmental studies and helping them understand academic requirements, especially related to the ENVS major and minor, as well as college requirements, individual programs of study, core course expectations, and courses of special interest and the options.  She aims to help students find the program of study that best match their goals and interests. Ibit also serves as a sounding board for questions about internships, 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

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.
Star Award for Supportive Academic Staff, 2012, for exemplary commitment to the academic success of UVM students.

Ibit is an avid hiker, back roads 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

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