Cynthia's expertise lies at the confluence of environmental and experiential education, with a focus on internships. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Leslie University and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She has also completed the National Society for Experiential Education's Academy and among her service efforts, served as the NSEE Northeast regional co-chair for three years. Having completed three co-ops and two internships during her education, attending the Audubon Expedition Institute's field-based, community-consensus Master's degree, and living and working abroad, she exemplified high-impact experiential learning and believes the deepest learning comes from a sense of knowing through direct immersion. Cynthia's background includes professional work in the international, corporate, not-for-profit, small business, and higher education sectors. She spent many years leading wilderness expeditions and teaching environmental education and advocacy to diverse communities. As a hobby, she studies coyotes. At UNE, she taught courses in the Department of Environmental Studies, and established the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office, a central, professional office committed to academic credit-bearing internships for liberal arts students, and currently sits as director. The CAS Internship Office supports students and the community in building exemplary internships wherein students practice their academic learning and skills, gain professional soft skills, explore job options, and find career passions, and through which businesses and organizations receive the talent and support of UNE students.
Completion of the National Society for Experiential Education Academy
Collaborative learning design
canis latrans (coyote)
environmental education & advocacy
wilderness skills and survival