BOONE—Dr. Richard D. Rheingans will chair the Appalachian State University Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development beginning in July. Rheingans will replace Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, who is retiring after six years with the department.
Rheingans earned his Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies, his M.A. in International Relations and his B.A. in Political Science, all from Yale University. He comes to Appalachian after several years as an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Global Heath and the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the interaction between socio-economic factors, the environment and health.
His extensive teaching and research experience includes positions as impact director and visiting researcher at the SHARE Research Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as assistant and associate professor at Emory University’s Hubert Department of Global Health and health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rheingans was recognized as the University of Florida International Educator of the Year in 2012 and has several active grants funded by organizations including the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development.