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Faculty Fellows

Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo measures oak seedlings

Rodolfo Dirzo (right) measuring oak seedlings

Each calendar year, the Haas Center supports a small group of Faculty Fellows who partner with the Community Engaged Learning and Research team on projects of mutual interest. Our goal is to recruit new faculty to develop community engaged learning courses while also supporting experienced faculty to deepen their own practice and connect with others engaged in similar work.

In naming the Faculty Fellows, we provide a cohort experience while contributing to campus conversations about community engagement. Our Faculty Fellows commit to:

  • Meeting quarterly as a Faculty Fellows cohort
  • Teaching one Cardinal Course
  • Giving a talk or departmental presentation to broaden the conversation about community engagement on campus
  • Attending quarterly meetings of the Haas Center's Faculty Steering Committee

To nominate a Faculty Fellow, please fill out this form. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, and you may nominate yourself.

For more information about the Faculty Fellows Program, please contact Luke Terra.

2019 Faculty Fellows


Liz Carlisle is a lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, where she teaches courses on food and agriculture, sustainability transition, and environmental communication, and directs the Academic Field Trip Program at the Stanford Educational Farm.  She is the author of two books about transition to sustainable farming: Lentil Underground (winner of the 2016 Montana Book Award) and Grain by Grain, coauthored with farmer Bob Quinn and due out in 2019. Each winter, her environmental advocacy students write and publish op-eds, and students in her 2018 Cardinal Course, Food and Community, hosted a workshop on food system resilience and equity with invited teams from seven foodsheds across the country.


Deland Chan

Deland Chan is the Director of Community Engaged Learning in Urban Studies and is a co-founder of the Human Cities Initiative. Deland teaches Sustainable Cities, Introduction to Urban Studies, and the Defining Smart Cities seminar, as well as courses on human-centered design at the Previously, Deland worked as a Senior Planner at a community development corporation in San Francisco with a focus on transportation and land use planning. She earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and M.A. in Sociology at Stanford and a Master in City Planning at UC Berkeley.  Deland is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainable Urban Development as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford. She is a member of the American Certified Institute of Planners and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Derek Ouyang

Derek Ouyang, age 26, graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with BA degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architectural Design, and in 2015 with a Master’s in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics. He was project manager of Stanford’s first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming designer in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy Magazine’s “30 under 30”, at TEDxStanford, and at Stanford+Connects NY and Seattle. He is co-founder of City Systems, a 501(c)3, and lecturer in Stanford’s Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative, which engages students, researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders in the development of actionable intelligence for urban quality of life. 


Emily Polk

Emily Polk has been a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2013.  Her first book, Communicating Global to Local Resiliency, was published in 2015. Her research focuses on climate change communication and environmental justice. In her Cardinal Course, “Communicating Climate Change: Navigating Stories from the Frontlines,” students partnered with the nonprofit science and media organization Climate Central to write stories about climate change in marginalized communities. This past fall she co-taught Stanford’s first course focused on the rhetoric of environmental justice, which included visits from leading organizers, advocates, and scholars.  Prior to Stanford, Emily was involved in producing radio documentaries in Burmese refugee camps, and facilitating a human rights-based newspaper in a Liberian refugee camp. She has also worked as an editor at Whole Earth Magazine and at CSRwire. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the Boston Globe, NPR, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Hub, The National Radio Project, AlterNet, Central America Weekly, and the Ghanaian Chronicle.

Previous Faculty Fellows


  • Arnetha F. Ball, professor of education in curriculum studies, teacher education, and educational linguistics
  • Alice "Ali" Miano, lecturer in Spanish and coordinator of the Spanish Language Program
  • Jonathan Rosa, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics
  • Anna Schultz, associate professor of music


  • Catherine Heaney, Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Biology and Professor of Medicine with the Stanford Prevention Research Center
  • Janice Ross, Professor of Drama and Director of the Dance Division at Stanford
  • Michael Kahan, Associate Director of the Program on Urban Studies and Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and History


  • Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Katherine Jolluck, Senior Lecturer in History
  • Nicole Ardoin, Assistant Professor of Education and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment