Dr. Pulver makes use of her broad training in Physics, Sociology, and Environmental Science in her teaching, mentoring, and research. She is a respected interdisciplinary environmental studies scholar, with a record of advising and mentoring numerous undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students across campus including students from departments of Geography, Marine Science, History, and Political Science.
She has taken the initiative to innovate in courses like ENVS 106 to implement a case-study approach to teaching. Results of her teaching methods were presented in a paper at a national meeting and a published paper on a teaching case titled “Using System Maps to Analyze Complex Social-Environmental Issues.” As Director of UCSB’s Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment & Society (IPEES) for 2 years, Dr. Pulver has been heavily involved in teaching and organizing within this program. More recently, she has developed the Environmental Leadership Incubator (ELI) initiative with a project-based course on environmental problem solving which led to major contributions from donors to support the program. Student comments summarize in “Three words for Professor Pulver’s ES 197: Helpful. Positive. Awesome.” We commend Dr. Pulver’s outstanding accomplishments in teaching, mentoring, leadership, and program building with Distinguished Teaching Award.