Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and International Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Nicole Turner is assistant dean of academic programs and international education for the College of Fine and Applied Arts and supports the administration of the Sustainable Design Program. She received her PhD in higher education from the University of Illinois, an MEd in counseling and career development from Colorado State University, and a BA in psychology with an environmental sciences minor from Northern Illinois University. As an undergraduate she studied abroad at the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily, Italy, where she focused on Mediterranean ecosystems. Nicole supports sustainability initiatives in her daily life and enjoys learning about the incredible design projects our faculty have led.
Sustainable Design Faculty Program Administrator
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Daniel Schneider is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and faculty program coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design. He is an ecologist and environmental historian whose research focuses on the interrelations between natural and human systems in sustainable planning and management. He has recently completed a book on the history of the biological sewage treatment plant that examines the interrelations between the "natural" and "artificial" in this critical infrastructure. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary project on the ecology and management of bed bugs in U.S. cities, examining bed bug infestations as an issue of environmental justice. His teaching covers ecological applications to planning, watershed planning, urban ecology, and environmental history. He is also a furniture designer and maker, focusing on using locally and sustainably grown hardwoods.