Senior Lecturer

Walter Poleman specializes in natural history, place-based landscape analysis, and education for sustainability. He teaches courses in natural history and human ecology, landscape inventory and assessment, and conservation science. He is director of the Field Naturalist Graduate Program and serves as faculty advisor to the Sustainability Learning Community. Walter is the founding director the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program, and co-coordinator of the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network.

He coordinates the Rubenstein School’s dual master’s degree program with Vermont Law & Graduate School and teaches ecology there each summer. His teaching awards include the President’s Distinguished Senior Lecturer Award, the Kroespsh-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award.


Kolan, M., and W. Poleman. 2009. Revitalizing natural history education by design. Journal of Natural History Education 3:30-40. Available on-line:

Walter Poleman

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Sustainability, Ecology and Policy
Research: Landscape analysis, place-based education, land conservation, social-ecological systems science


  • Ph.D. 2010 University of Vermont
  • M.S. 1996 University of Vermont
  • B.A. 1984 Cornell University


  • 802 656-2501
Office Location:

268 Jeffords Hall, 63 Carrigan Dr