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Dr. Courtney E. Quinn

C Quinn

300 Ag Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
courtney_quinn at



  • Development and Validation of a Critical Thinking Assessment for Environmental Ethics
  • Improving Undergraduate Students' Critical Thinking Skills about Environmental Ethics
  • EPA P3 Urban Food Leadership Co-op




My interests include consulting work focused on developing environmental leadership skills. In addition, I am intersted in teaching environmental leadership, sustainability leadership, and environmental and agricultural ethics.

I have B.A. in Environmental Policy from Drake University and an M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from the UNL School of Natural Resources.


As an instructor, it is my responsibility to impart content knowledge, increase critical thinking skills, and inspire passion.  My classes include active learning techniques such as team-based learning, case studies, and research projects.  I also use proven pedagogical techniques that increase critical thinking such as communicating my high expectations of students and extensive reading and writing assignments.  I seek to facilitate students’ personal and professional growth and to demonstrate my enthusiasm for environmental studies. 


  • Instructor ALEC 410/810 Environmental Leadership
  • Instructor ALEC 388 Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Syllabus
    • Student Comments
    • Fall 2010
    • Fall 2009
    • Fall 2009 student journal excerpt: "I knew that this was a class where I would have to think, analyze and reflect not only about issues raised in class but about myself and who I am."            
  • Instructor ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
    • Student Comments
    • Spring 2011
    • Spring 2010                                         


Tang, Z., Brody, S.D., Li, R., Quinn, C., Zhao, N. 2011. Examining Locally-Driven Climate Change Policy Efforts In Three Pacific States. Ocean & Coastal Management 54: 415-426. (link)

Flores, K., Matkin, G., Burbach, M., Quinn, C., and Harding, H. 2011. Deficient Critical Thinking Skills among College Graduates: Implications for Leadership. Educational Philosophy and Theory 43(3). (link)

Quinn, C. and Burbach, M. 2010. A Test of Personal Characteristics that Influence Farmer's Conservation Practices. Great Plains Research 20(2): 193-204.

Tang, Z., Brody, S.D., Quinn, C., Chang, L., Wei, T. 2010. Moving from agenda to action: Evaluating local climate change action plans. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53(1): 41-62. (link)

Quinn, C., Burbach, M., Matkin, G., and Flores, K. 2009. Critical Thinking for Natural Resource, Agricultural, and Environmental Ethics Education. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 38: 221–227. (link)

Quinn, C. and J.E. Quinn. 2009. “The Great Patagonia Land Grab: A Case Study on International Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Politics” The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo. (link)

Quinn, C. and Burbach, M. 2008. Personal characteristics preceding pro-environmental behaviors that improve surface water quality. Great Plains Research 18:103-114. (link)


Quinn, C. and Francis, C. 2011. Prairie Fire. Organic Philosophy Impacts U.S. Food System. (link)



  • UNL ARD Shear-Miles Fellowship, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011
  • UNL Graduate Studies Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • UNL CASNR William J. Curtis Endowed Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Irvin and Agnes Nelson Fellowship, 2009
  • UNL SNR Meritorious Graduate Student Award, 2008
  • Drake University Environmental Policy Citizenship and Scholarship Award, 2002