Faculty

Faculty

Total faculty: 66
Full-time: 35
With terminal degree: 69%
Student/faculty: 10:1
Average class: 18

Unity College faculty members are a mix of dedicated professionals, caring stewards of the earth, exceptional mentors, and fun-filled colleagues. Our low student-to-faculty ratio (10:1) gives students the opportunity for personal attention and our small class size (average of 18) lends itself to collaborative learning. Faculty and students work together across disciplines on undergraduate research projects such as the Unity College Bear Study and The Hemlock Ecosystem Management Study. Get to know some of our faculty below or see our complete list of faculty

Unity College Professor Amy Arnett

Amy Arnett

Professor of Ecology / Director of the Center for Biodiversity | Center for Biodiversity

Arnett’s research includes the study of the evolution of populations, the impact of invasive species on native communities, and more recently, the biodiversity of ant communities. Along with ecology, she enjoys thinking about how people teach science, team-teach in learning communities and with service-learning projects. Arnett has also participated in an interdisciplinary mathematics and science course in a way that increases student grades and disposition in math. Arnett co-directs the transdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program at Unity College and works with her students around the state studying ant communities in relationship to the Hemlock Ecosystem Management StudyIn her spare time, she plays the fiddle and rides her horse, Lady. 

Unity College Assistant Professor Ellen Batchelder

Ellen Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology | Center for Biodiversity

A Maine native, Batchelder spent the last 15 years training in research cell biology in the Northeast and Midwest US, and internationally in France. She is excited to return to her home and to the unique setting of Unity College, where she combines interests in biology, teaching, and where living closer to nature isn’t wishful thinking but an accepted way of life. She enjoys the thrill of discovering the inner workings of the little machines we call "cells". Most recently her discoveries have come from studying how cells from a small soil worm grow, divide, and move. Batchelder is inspired to work with colleagues on this kind of basic science to illuminate broader environmental issues by using these same nematodes as models to understand how nematode pathogens interact with plants. When teaching, Batchelder aims to develop in students an appreciation and familiarity with biology at the cellular level, not only because cells are inherently fascinating, but also because such knowledge provides the foundation for understanding the biology of organisms and informs concepts as varied as biofuel production and the effects of toxins on animal and human health.

Unity College Associate Professor of Marine Biology Emma Perry

Emma Perry

Associate Professor of Marine Biology | Center for Biodiversity

Perry completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Exeter University, Britain, where she was born and raised. For her senior thesis, she studied habitat preference by the burrowing brittle star Acrocnida brachiata. After graduation, she moved to Tampa, Florida to do a Ph.D. on echinoderms with Dr. J. Lawrence and Dr. L. Robbins. She became interested in the process by which echinoderms, especially sand dollars, constructed their intricate three-dimensional skeletons. Since then, she has become more generally interested in the biology and systematics of lesser known marine invertebrates. At Unity College, Perry has been researching tardigrades with student participation.

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton

Carrie Diaz Eaton

Associate Professor of Mathematics | Center for Biodiversity

Eaton's interest is in research and teaching in mathematical ecology and teaches for the Center for Biodiversity. Her research involves modeling how mutualistic interactions between species, such as plant-pollinator relationships, can affect the genetic profile of populations over time. She mentored Kari Lemelin ’14, a Unity College Wildlife Biology major who was awarded a national prize for her mathematical biology research. Eaton also has a passion for teaching interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy (teaching best practices). She developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee in the mathematics department to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms, and she has taught and developed courses in Calculus for Life Sciences and Modeling Continuous Systems with Applications to Environmental and Life Science. She coordinates the Fishbowl Talks, Unity College's colloquium series. More recently, Eaton was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Grant. 

Unity College Professor Doug Fox

Doug Fox

Professor of Sustainable Agriculture / Director of the Center for Sustainability and Global Change | Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Professor Fox views his work as a teacher/learner with an interest in sustainability that goes back at least to the oil shock of 1973, when his father bought a moped, installed a woodstove, and built his first solar oven. In graduate school he studied both silviculture (i.e., how to grow forests) and the energy economics of harvesting wood for fuel. He built a large passive solar home in upstate New York that is a model of sustainability. At Unity College, Fox spearheaded the building of the nations's first passive solar residence hall, TerraHaus, and the first carbon-zero college president's residence in the nation, Unity House. Fox has been teaching agriculture courses—from landscape horticulture to arboriculture to organic gardening to forestry—at Unity College since 1991. His passion is to help students realize a partnership with nature so that both can thrive. With the recent gift of Half Moon Gardens, Fox hopes to teach his students hands-on agro-business management skills. 

Unity College Associate Professor George Matula, Jr.

George Matula, Jr.

Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology | Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Matula joined the Unity College faculty in August 2011 as Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology after serving with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) for 30 years. He joined MDIFW in 1981 as the Bear Study Leader where he defused a volatile situation between MDIFW and Maine’s bear hunters and guides; he also developed Maine’s current approach to bear research and management.  He played a major role in revising the species planning process including developing the nationally recognized management system approach to guide fish and wildlife management decisions. Matula was also instrumental in developing a more biologically and objectively based approach to the endangered and threatened species listing process and for integrating endangered, threatened, and nongame species management responsibilities throughout the fabric of the department. At Unity College, Matula mentors the transdisciplinary Black Bear Study, an Undergraduate Reseach Project. 

Unity College Professor Mick Womersley

Mick Womersley

Professor of Human Ecology | Center for Sustainability and Global Change

Born in northern England, Professor Womersley came to Unity College to help develop the sustainability programs in 2000. He teaches classes in climate change, sustainability, economics, and sustainable energy management. His current research interests are in wind power assessment and mapping. He is also the faculty advisor to the Unity College Search and Rescue Team, Resource Officer for Maine Search and Rescue, and co-editor of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Association's annual journal "On the Hill." In 2014, Professor Womersley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Unity College Professor John Zavodny

John Zavodny

Professor of Humanities / Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities | Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities

If you listen to the radio around Unity, there’s a chance you’ve heard Professor of Philosophy John Zavodny. Zavodny and Unity College partner with WERU community radio to produce the monthly community-based public affairs program, Mid-Coast Currents. Recent shows have included Zavodny speaking with guests about art, music, and humanitarian programs happening near Unity. Zavodny says that community radio, especially a live call-in show like Mid-Coast Currents, is a great way to help people share ideas and efforts that benefit their neighbors. “I think people see it as an opportunity to get the word out about environmentally and socially responsible groups, programs, businesses, and people,” says Zavodny. “The radio works well for me because I’m interested in promoting other people’s projects.” Mid-Coast Currents airs the third Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 Blue Hill and 99.9 Bangor.

Unity College Michele Leavitt

Michele Leavitt


Leavitt holds an MFA from Vermont College and currently teaches courses for the Environmental Arts and Humanities majors. Her chapbook, The Glass Transition, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and her poetry, essays, and flash fiction have appeared most recently in Umbrella, So to Speak, HEArt: Human Equity through Art, Per Contra, and The Tower Journal. Leavitt serves on the editorial board of of Unity's journal of creative sustainability, Hawk and Handsaw, and co-directs the College’s Honors program. In 2013 her collection of poems, Back East, won the first Michael Macklin Award. 

Unity College Conservation Law Enforcement Instructor Zach Falcon

Zach Falcon

Assistant Professor of Conservation Law and Environmental Policy | Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection

Falcon served as Associate Director of the Writing Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. As an attorney, Falcon served in the State of Alaska Department of Law, where he represented the state in civil litigation, administrative hearings, and permit appeals. Falcon was also an associate with Faulkner Banfield, PC, during which time he served as a public defender for the City and Borough of Juneau. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Falcon worked as an associate counsel for the Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. This summer, Falcon will be teaching a couse on creative writing.