Environmental Studies at UVM

Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright (formerly Getchell)

Professional Advisor, Advising Coordinator, Instructor

Environmental Program

Bittersweet House Room 212

  • 802-656-0176

Walk-in Office Hours: 

Monday and Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 am

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Numerous possibilities, weekly. Please call Cathy Trivieres, 656-4055, to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

Student services; academic advising; study abroad, internship and job guidance; high-impact learning and professional development; website management


​Elizabeth (Ibit) Wright joined the staff of the Environmental Program in February of 1995 as the Student Services Coordinator.  In December of 2017 her title changed to Professional Advisor. 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 academic advising, Program communications and website management, and opportunity referrals to students. She offers academic and personal advising to UVM undergraduates, and prospective and transfer students.

Ibit talks with students about environmental studies and helps them understand academic requirements and opportunities, especially related to the ENVS major and minor, college/school requirements, individual programs of study, and course selection.  She aims to help students find and develop 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.

In the fall of 2016 Ibit developed and began teaching ENVS 101 Academic Planning Workshop. This one-credit, six-week required course is designed to support ENVS majors who are ready to develop an interdisciplinary plan of study that aligns with their emerging academic, personal and professional goals and interests. See below for more information about this course.

Before UVM, Ibit worked for fours years as a counselor and wilderness trek leader at a boarding school for troubled teenagers in northern California.

As a Lecturer, Ibit has taught these UVM ENVS 195 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 gardener, 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

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Member, UVM's Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee
  • Member, Town of Richmond, Vermont, Conservation Commission