Environmental Humanities Faculty

Laura Beebe

Email: lbeebe@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: (802) 586-7711 ext. 131


  • B.A., Environmental Studies and Adventure Education, Prescott College, 2004
  • M.A., Circumpolar Geography, Prescott College, 2012

Pavel Cenkl

Email: pcenkl@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x140

Pavel Cenkl, PhD,  is faculty in Environmental Humanities and Regional Studies at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.

In addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters on regional and environmental literature and place, he is also the author of This Vast Book of Nature: Reading the Landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, 1785-1911 (Iowa, 2006) and editor of Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast (Iowa, 2010). Read more


  • Ph.D. English, Northeastern University, 2003
  • M.A. English, University of New Hampshire, 1994
  • B.A. English, Brandeis University, 1992


Carol Dickson

Email: cdickson@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x110

Carol Dickson, PhD, is Interim Academic Dean. “I am fascinated by stories,” says Carol Dickson. “The house in which I grew up—in which my grandparents lived—resonated with stories. From my father’s anecdote of the pony in the bedroom prank gone awry, to weather details noted in the guest book started in 1902, to the antique spinning wheel and muskets in the attic, to the pock-marked wood trim made from chestnut trees felled by blight—all of these fired my imagination as a child, and made me curious about the past and its inhabitants.” Read more


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
  • M.A. University of Vermont, 1990
  • A.B. Smith College, 1986

Jody Frey

Email: jfrey@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x166

Jody Frey came to Craftsbury from elsewhere in 1994, following the allure of big horses, rural landscapes, and the promise of learning with her whole being: axe in hand, foot on spade, pack on back, and rain down collar, she learned to connect classroom discussions with real-time applications of concepts in environmental studies.

As faculty in environmental humanities, she embraces pedagogies that consider the practice of place-specific artisan skills in the dual contexts of environmental studies and our increasingly digital and globalized contemporary culture. She particularly likes to support students engaging in transdisciplinary independent studies. Read more


  • A.A. Natural Resource Management, Sterling College, 1996
  • B.A. Sustainable Agriculture, Sterling College, 2010
  • M.A. Individualized Studies, Goddard College, 2013

Leland Peterson

Email: lpeterson@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 802-586-7711 x120

Leland Peterson has a background in fine arts, psychology and art therapy, learning photography, printmaking, drawing and painting at Columbia College, the Art Institute of Chicago and Goddard College. He has been painting and exhibiting art since 1980. He designed, implemented and directed the Creative Arts Therapies Program at Concordia University and is one of the founders of the Centre for the Arts and Human Development, a research, training and service center at Concordia University. He has taught art at universities and colleges before teaching courses at Sterling College. He has exhibited work in Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal and Vermont. Read more


  • Master of Fine Arts Program, Goddard College, 2000-2002
  • Advanced Seminar in Jungian Psychotherapy, C.G. Jung Institute, 1990
  • Master of Arts in Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, DePaul University, 1976