Prior to serving from 2012 to 2017 as executive director at SENS, Steelman spent 11 years on the faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University and four years in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Her policy research spans many environmental and resource management issues, including forest management and planning, water security, open space protection, and climate change, but she is best known for her work on community adaptation to wildfires and how communities and agencies can interact for more effective wildfire management.
In 2016, she was part of a faculty team that received a $77,800,000 grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund to fund a multi-year interdisciplinary study, “Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change.” The grant represents the largest investment in water research funding in Canadian history.
A prolific researcher, she has published four well-known books and 59 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters—including widely cited studies in Sustainability Science, Conservation Biology, Policy Sciences, and the Journal of Forestry. She also has published 24 technical papers and contributed to scientific reports for the Royal Society, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the National Socio-Economic Synthesis Center. She sits on the board of directors for the International Association of Wildland Fire, and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008.
In addition to holding a PhD from Duke, Steelman holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from West Virginia University.
Directs and manages the school’s fundraising efforts and alumni outreach; serves as primary liaison with the Board of Visitors and Alumni Council.
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Manages and maintains information technology platforms and services, including educational technologies, for the school and coordinates management of school facilities.
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Oversees business operations for the school, including financial managementa nd analytics associated with resource management and the budgeting process.
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Supports the operational efforts of the school ensuring consistent and accurate interpretation and application of human resources policies, practices, and guiding principles. Provides oversight and leadership to the school's clerical administrative support team and event planning director in support of senior leadership, faculty and divisions.
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Coordinates strategic marketing of the school to external audiences; manages and develops the school's website, social media platforms, multimedia assets, media outreach, advertising and promotional materials.
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Provides academic support services for on-campus and online students at all levels, coordinates executive education programs and directs student recruitment efforts. This office also provides resources and training to promote career readiness and advancement for professional graduate students and recent alumni, and serves as the school's primary liaison to prospective employers and internship organizations.