Dr. Carolyn Waters is a research associate and senior program manager with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University’s Institute on Disability and Community.
Waters joined the Eppley Institute in fall of 2022. She has more than fifteen years of experience in environmental education, spanning nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors. Her research and teaching focus on critical pedagogies that empower learners and educators to transform their social and ecological communities. She collaborates with community members using participatory methods. Topics of her publications and presentations include diversity, equity, and inclusion training for environmental educators, student voice in public high school ecology classes, and curricular design that engages young people in environmental decision making.
Dr. Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Studio Art from Macalester College, a Master of Education in Environmental Education from Western Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Social Change from Bellarmine University.