I’m excited to be back at HSU, and still remember what first drew me here decades ago: the friendliness of the community, the natural beauty of the area, and the programs of study that so interested me (not necessarily in that order). I believed then, as I do now, that HSU is a wonderful place to get a college education.
The focus of my working life has been the practical application of resource management and conflict management. My first career was with the National Park Service (NPS) as a wildlife biologist. During numerous conflicts involving preservation, resource use, public safety, and politics, I learned that two primary keys to resolution were effective communication and education. And so, I often found myself in a teaching role, working with grade-school children, college students, elderhostel groups, park staff, business organizations, and even the inmate population of a local prison (over bear management, of all things!). During my dozen years with the NPS, I also served as an Equal Opportunity Counselor handling discrimination complaints, and received further training to become one of the first NPS mediators in the Western Region. Since that time, I’ve pursued professional interests as a writer and biologist, and continued working in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Living in this area for the last 30 years, I’ve also been quite involved in the community in various capacities, from serving on boards of directors and fundraising to citizen activism. And I am always interested in learning more about the natural world, our place in it as humans, and how to live in more collaborative and sustainable ways.
These experiences, as a professional and as a citizen, have reinforced my belief that how we approach a problem has a powerful impact on its outcome and the potential for future conflicts. So I am quite excited to bring my interests and experiences together to teach Environmental Conflict Resolution (EMP 309). My approach to teaching is to encourage critical thinking about the topics we cover and to provide a civil forum for a diversity of perspectives. Especially for a process-oriented course like Environmental Conflict Resolution, I believe in the importance of learning through doing, and I try to give students opportunities to practice and hone skills that will be useful in both their professional and personal lives.
Steinberg, S.L. 2003. Mad River Bluffs Background Description and Management Plan. McKinleyville Land Trust. 149 pp.
Steinberg, S.L., J.R. Dunk, and T.A Comet. 2000. In Hoopa Territory: a guide to the natural attractions and human history of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and surrounding areas. Hoopa Valley Tribal Council. 174 pp.
Baldwin, K., J.R. Dunk, D. Hagans, E. Johnston, J. Spears, S.L. Steinberg, and C. Veverka. 1998. East Fork/Smoky Creek Watershed Analysis. South Fork Trinity River. U.S.D. A. Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Hayfork Ranger District. 209 pp.
Steinberg, S.L., J. Dame, and H. McGuire. 1995. Draft Management Plan for Peregrine Falcons in Redwood National Park.
Steinberg, S.L. 1991. Food Habits and Relative Abundance of Coyotes in Redwood Nationl Park. M.S. Thesis, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521. 63 pp.
Steinberg, S.L. and M. Port. 1991. Redwood National Park Bear Management Plan. Fish and Wildlife Branch, Redwood National Park. 20 pp.