Meet the Faculty Mentors
As part of the Environmental Fellowship, there are two faculty members that facilitate the program: Tony Abbott and Kevin Winchell. These mentors provide the institutional memory that aids the Environmental Fellows when navigating projects. Additionally, their expertise is essential to promoting communication, exploration and achievement towards semesterly goals within the program.
Email: [email protected]
Duration: 9 years (2014-2023)
Dr. Abbott is the inaugural Environmental Fellow Mentor. He has been a fixture in campus environmental engagement since his arrival at Stetson in 2005 as a member of Stetson's Environmental Responsibility Council, the lead for campus-wide greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and a consultant to the current Environmental Working Group. He worked with the Values Council and others to establish the Environmental Fellowship as a pilot program to be expanded into other value areas. Dr. Abbott has described working with the Fellows as “one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my career. The traction they have realized in moving environmental concerns forward is the best I have experienced at any university.”
Email: [email protected]
Duration: 5 years (2018-2023)
Kevin Winchell serves as the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Stetson University. He is responsible for creating and leading engagement efforts between the campus and community, directing the Stetson University Bonner Program, supporting campus and community political engagement through student voter registration and outreach initiatives, supervising the CCE's AmeriCorps VISTAs and Bonner Coordinator and working with faculty to integrate community-engaged learning practices into their coursework. He also conducts research and shares national best-practices related to youth civic and political engagement, particularly through organizations such as Campus Compact, NASPA and the Bonner Foundation. Apart from his role in the CCE, Kevin also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the University's First-Year Seminar and Honors Programs, focusing on the intersections of power, privilege and public policy through project-based learning. Kevin has been state- and nationally-recognized for his leadership and innovation in student civic and political engagement, including the Florida Campus Compact Community Engagement Educator of the Year, the Graham/Frey Civic Award and the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge.