A Discussion on Climate Change

On April 14, the Office of Sustainability, the political science department and the environmental studies concentration held a discussion about the United States’ rejoining of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Paris vs. Pittsburgh advertisement poster.

The event featured three keynote speakers: JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., professor of environmental policy, Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., professor of environmental psychology, and Mark R. Murphy, director of sustainability at Scranton.

JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., teaches several courses at the university, including including courses in U.S. political institutions, social welfare and environmental policy, federalism and research methods.

Dr. Hopper’s research focuses on state-level environmental policy. She spoke about how the solution to climate change is global cooperation and said that the outcome depends on how everyone else participates.

“The agreement was made in Paris, but it’s going to be what happens in places like Scranton . . . that determine how successful we’re going to be in protecting our future both environmentally and economically,” Dr. Hopper said.

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New Faculty Member Says Students are ‘Rising to the Occasion’

The Political Science Department at The University of Scranton welcomed a new assistant professor this year.

Professor JoyAnna Hopper, PhD.

JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D. began her career as an assistant professor at The University of Scranton this past summer. Before teaching at Scranton, she worked as a graduate professor at the University of Missouri and an assistant professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Professor Hopper currently teaches introductory American politics courses, including a class that covers U.S. politics, citizenship and principles as well as a class that covers the U.S. Congress. Hopper said that her favorite classes to teach are the ones dealing with policy.

“I love all of my classes, but I really like teaching my policy classes [because] that’s my area of specialization,” Hopper said.

Professor Hopper is teaching both of her classes online this semester. She said that teaching online is a brand-new experience, but that it’s worked out so far.

“I feel OK about it because the online environment is allowing me to see [my students’] faces, where I wouldn’t actually be able to see [them] in a classroom,” Hopper said.

She said that her students have been engaged in the material, despite the virtual format.

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