VGI Faculty

There is a tendency for living things to join up, establish linkages, live inside each other, return to earlier arrangements, get along, whenever possible. This is the way of the world. - Lewis Thomas, 1974

The thriving reputation of Viridis Graduate Institute's Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities programs begins with our accomplished faculty members.  

VGI faculty bring insight and perspective into the dynamics of classroom discussions. Our faculty members have devoted their entire professional careers to researching, writing, and practicing the subjects they teach.

They are prominent members of their professional communities with unique combinations of expertise, experience, and ideas that help students frame issues, focus discussion, gain perspective and solve problems.

Because our class sizes are small, strong bonds form between students and faculty. Important to VGI is the spirit of collegiality and community among graduates, faculty, and staff.

VGI Faculty

Gregory Cajete, Ph.D.

Course: Native Science and Indigenous Epistemologies

Andra Daunhauer, D.A.

Course: Image, Perception & Narrative Change

Hans Gruenn, M.D.

Course: Ecotoxicology

Lori Pye, Ph.D.,

Courses: Ecopsychology I, II, III, IV, Body Ecologies, Persistent Contemporary Narratives

Laura Rodriguez, D.A.

Course: Biogeography: Humans & Landscapes, Professional Applications for Ecopsychology, Ecopsychological Ethics  

Robin Saltonstall, Ph.D.

Courses: Ecotoxicology, Climate Crisis & Ecopsychological Applications, Capstone Projects

Alissa Simon, D.A.

Courses: Narrative Foundations of Ecopsychology

Leslie Stoupas, Ph.D., Academic Dean

MA, DA Capstone Projects