Community Engagement and Leadership
CDAE 095 60891 (3 credits)
Location: Mann Hall 205A
This course examines how the next generation will be a major catalyst for change in the world. Our mission is to provide students with the tools to develop the essential skills for socially responsible leadership.
Our world faces complex challenges some of which include: destruction of food systems, healthcare, global warming, conflicts and wars, poverty, global security, issues of wealth and poverty, human rights abuses. These challenges require thoughtful and deliberate solutions.
UVM students in this course will understand and appreciate that world issues are not isolated but in fact interwoven.
Students develop knowledge and understanding of complex issues through case studies, lectures with leading faculty, films and discussions with global thought leaders, company visits and group projects.
Dr. Kathleen Liang
Born and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Kathleen Liang is an award-winning educator who came from an unconventional and entrepreneurial family. Kathleen is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, where she designed and implemented a successful entrepreneurship program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kathleen received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Between 1996 and 1998, she worked for the Panhandle Research and Extension Center of University of Nebraska in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, focusing on economic analyses of small grains, sunflower, dry edible beans, turf grass, and “prairie dogs town” management. Kathleen is well known for her innovative research topics and experiential learning oriented teaching programs by integrating the concepts of agritourism, multifunctional agriculture, regional food network, and community entrepreneurship.
Since joining UVM in 1998, Kathleen has obtained over $3 million from 25 research projects in funding as a PI or a Co-PI, presented 85 papers in national and international conferences, conducted more than 40 workshops and symposiums, served as an Invited Speaker in over 30 meetings, authored 3 books, published over 20 refereed journal articles and 10 technical reports, and authored/co-authored over 50 refereed Proceedings
Among many leadership positions, Kathleen is currently the Chair of the Technical Advisory Board of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, the Chair of Committee for Women Agricultural Economist (with the Applied and Agricultural Economics Association, AAEA), and serves on 4 journal editorial boards. She teaches more than 300 students at UVM every year, many of whom have become successful entrepreneurs.
Beyond her professional career, Kathleen loves to cook and travel. She has been playing guitar and singing in many events for over 30 years. One thing Kathleen enjoys the most is to share her love and passion of life and music with her students and her wonderful daughter.
For additional bio information: Professor Kathleen Liang