ESF Launches Its First Online Bachelor’s Degree

group 3Sustainability management program prepares students for careers in growing field.

ESF is preparing to launch its first online bachelor’s degree — a program in sustainability management that prepares students for entry-level jobs or mid-career opportunities in the growing field of sustainability. The program, which will enroll its first students in the fall of 2019, is designed for transfer students. They will take courses typically offered during the third and fourth years of a four-year undergraduate program, and, upon completion, earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

The ESF Offices of Admissions, Communications, and the Open Academy have developed a PDF and ask college/university administrators, faculty, and employers to distribute this PDF to individuals who may be interested in this program.  Available here. .

Learn more and apply today!

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

Call, email or visit us on campus:



First-ever inventory map of Newfoundland using GoogleEarth and Remote Sensing Data

First time province-wide wetland inventory map of Newfoundland, Canada using GoogleEarth Engine and Remote Sensing Satellite Data

Led by ESF Assistant Professor, Dr. Bahram Salehi, a team of researchers has just finished the first time ever high resolution wetland inventory map of Newfoundland in Canada: See the video:

 The result was just published in the Remote Sensing journal: . The project’s outcome provides a base for understanding the effect of climate changes in northern latitudes and has the potential to be extended to northern Territories of Canada and to Alaska in a timely and cost – effective manner.

The research was mainly undertaken by two PhD students of Dr Salehi at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Mr. Masoud Mahdianpari and Ms. Fariba Mohammadimanesh. The project was broadly collaborative engaging a wide renege of partners: C-CORE, State University of New York, College of Environment Science and Forestry (ESF), Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), University of Ottawa, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada Center for Remote Sensing (CCRS), The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Department of Environment and Conservation, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), and Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC), Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Project was undertaken with financial support of ECCC, the former R&D Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador-RDC (Now InnovateNL), DUC, and NSERC.

According to Dr. Salehi, the method has the applicability on wetlands in other provinces of Canada and States of US, leading to a North American Wetland Inventory map. Salehi9

The developed method:


For further information, please contact:

Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing Engineering

State University of New York (SUNY)

College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

Department of Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE)

416 Baker Lab, 1 Forestry Dr, Syracuse,  NY 13210, USA
Phone: 315-470-6550



Finish Your Bachelor’s Degree – Online

7 Billion

Call, email or visit us on campus:

When will ESF offer an online degree program?

susearthRight Now!  That’s right, ESF is launching an online education program that enables students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Management. We look forward to our first class Fall 2019!

Sustainability Management is an upper division academic program (often referred to as a bachelor’s completion program) that integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability: economics, society, and the environment.  This program is comprised of  upper-division undergraduate courses typically offered during the third and fourth years of a four-year undergraduate program.

The Sustainability Management program prepares students to be competitive for entry-level roles such as sustainability specialist or coordinator, and for mid-career advancement in an expanding range of careers in local, state, and national organizations throughout the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

And please keep in mind – this is ESF’s third online education program!  Learn more about the online Sustainability Management bachelor’s degree and our two advanced certificates here.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy




Create Chemistry: Spark Student Engagement with Digital Tools


Apply Now – and Share this with others: Online Education Program Coordinator

Please consider thiOA Gilr on Rock original webs opportunity with our growing online education initiative.

Position Description:

Campus Title: Online Education Program Coordinator

Unit:  ESF Open Academy

Professional Rank and Salary: SL-3, Salary DOQ 50% FTE

Duration: Two years (with potential for extension)

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) seeks applications for the part-time position of Online Education Program Coordinator to support the launch and delivery of the College’s new and ongoing online education programs.

The Online Education Program Coordinator provides day-to-day hands-on coordination of, and support to Open Academy professional staff, online education program instructors, and students enrolled in online education programs and related courses. Efforts will vary somewhat between new and ongoing programs, and during the launch of a new program(s). The coordinator will adapt and/or develop and use action plans and other resources in order to effectively fulfill all critical success elements throughout a program lifecycle.  This position will require organizational, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), and analytic skills.

Brief Description of Duties:

  • Serve as a key point of contact and provide concierge-like support to online education program students (e.g. facilitate students’ connection with Admissions, Student Life, Registrar, Bursar, Financial aid, Computing, and other campus offices and resources).
  • Provide students with program-specific advising to support inquiry/application, orientation/onboarding, continuation, and program completion.
  • Manage online program web content and related information materials.
  • Coordinate program-specific student outreach in concert with the undergraduate admissions and graduate school offices, including communication with students and other stakeholders by phone, email, webinar, and at on- and off-campus events.
  • Coordinate scheduling of courses / course sections, and co-curricular webinars to support student advising and success.
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of assessment and other program data, and the preparation of reports and presentations.

Note:  ESF Open Academy operational needs require periodic evening and weekend work on and off campus, including out-of-town and overnight travel to off-campus locations.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Computer skills, e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Contribute for web editing (or similar).
  • Must possess and maintain a valid New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with online and/or adult learning programs as an instructor, advisor, and/or program/project coordinator in a college/university or other relevant context.
  • Familiarity with a learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard) and webinar applications (e.g., Skype, Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra).

Additional Information:

ESF is committed to being a leader in the evolving and ever-competitive higher education landscape. In this spirit of ongoing improvement and innovation, the ESF Open Academy is an academic unit that encompasses the College’s summer semester, professional, and public education programs, as well as a renewed institutional commitment to online educational programming.

We are working to make online education programs an ever greater part of ESF’s educational offerings.  To help achieve this goal, we have formally established the ESF Open Academy, as well as the ESF Teaching and Learning Collaboratory (TLC). The TLC is a teaching/learning center that encourages and supports innovative and effective teaching and learning. The TLC will directly support our faculty as they adapt and create new academic programs for online delivery in order to reach students we are not yet serving. Near-term priority will be on faculty and the courses that are part of the College’s online certificate and degree portfolio, along with programming and approaches that are broadly beneficial to all ESF faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Instructions:

Application Deadline:  Although the College will accept applications until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit their application by October 20, 2018 to ensure optimal consideration.

Application Procedure: Please provide cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least three employment references, including a current or previous supervisor (we will not contact references without prior permission).

Apply here



SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning

COILThank you for joining us to learn about The SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).

And thanks to Jan McCauley, Assistant Director, for spending the day with us, including leading an 11 :00 AM seminar, Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the Teaching & Learning Collaboratory (Gateway Center,  2nd floor – north).  Jan helped us explore specific opportunities our faculty have to be involved and to benefit from COIL support.

This represents the College’s formal membership in SUNY COIL as a Tier I member campus.

Visit the COIL web site to learn more about COIL and to see examples of recent COIL-supported courses.

I welcome your thoughts and questions about COIL and other of the College’s online, professional and teaching-related professional development programs – thank you! Visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy



10th Annual NYS Biotechnology Symposium

Biotech 3The 10th Annual NYS NYS Biotechnology Symposium is May 17th & 18th here in Syracuse, on the ESF Campus. Along with concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and opportunities to interact with exhibitors, this year’s keynote Speakers include Dr. Judith Albers (VanArsdale Chair in Entrepreneurship, SUNY Geneseo), Dr. Avery August (HHMI Professor and Associate Vice Provost, Cornell University), and Dr. Elizabeth Henaff (Assistant Professor, New York University). Registration and sponsorship details are available here

Join me in recognizing ESF graduate students

dsc_5992I am very pleased to let you know that

Dan Collins will continue as the ESF Open Academy Graduate Assistant for the 2018-19 academic year (his third!).  Dan is a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Forest Biology (Dr. Lee Newman, Major Professor).

The following graduate students were selected to serve as Teaching Fellows for the 26th Annual College-wide Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. Thanks to our entire graduate student community and to our faculty mentors for your longstanding support and active involvement. 

  • Dominique Derminio, Ph.D. student, Chemistry (Dr. Greg Boyer, Major Professor)
  • Xue Dong, Ph.D. student, Environmental & Forest Biology (Drs. Melissa Fierke and ElizabethFolta, Major Professors)
  • Katie Fee, M.S. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. Sharon Moran, Major Professor)
  • Kyungsun Lee, Ph.D. student, Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Dr. David Sonnenfeld, Major Professor)
  • Justine Weber, Ph.D. student, Environmental & Forest Biology (Dr. Don Leopold, Major Professor)

Please join me in recognizing and appreciating these graduate students. Thank you. Sincerely,

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy

ESF Online Education: The whole world and more…

OA Gilr on Rock original webPlease share with colleagues the following opportunities to work here at ESF as part of our transformative online education initiative.  Two positons have been announced:

For more information about each of these positions visit  ESF Human Resources.

Learn more about ESF’s online education initiative here: ESF Online Education Plan excerpt

To learn more about the ESF Open Academy, visit us on the web or contact us today.

Chuck Spuches, Dean, ESF Open Academy