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Sustainable Community Development
If you’re looking at this, we know that you are someone who thinks outside the box and most likely, you’re someone who wants to create effective community change.
This sustainable community development major is one of the first of its kind in the nation combining concepts of community development with practices of sustainability to create a unique, cutting-edge undergraduate major in urban planning, community and economic development, and community organizing.
This multi-disciplinary major taps into ideas in the social and natural sciences as we dive headlong into the three pillars of sustainability—environmental, social, and economic —while giving you the flexibility to shape your own program of study.
You will choose from a diversity of courses including the theory and practice of sustainable community development, community-building, cooperative economies, globalization, social enterprises, leadership, social responsibility, political process, ecology, community planning, among others.
Through classroom work, volunteer experiences, personal knowledge, internships, study abroad opportunities, and the programs of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, you will examine everything from sustainable agriculture and land-use planning to alternative energies and environmental justice.
In the end you will be prepared for immediate employment in governmental services, environmental consulting, urban and rural land-use planning, economic development, community development, business, and sustainability director positions. And you will be ready for graduate programs in sustainable development, sustainable public policy, sustainable agriculture, sustainable urban planning, and sustainable business as well as other more traditional programs in either the social or the natural sciences.
- Sustainable Community Development Major (B.A.) Requirements
- Sustainable Community Development Minor Requirements
Title: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Development
Office Location: Wheeler 318
PhD, Iowa State University 2009
MS, Iowa State University 2005
BA, Augsburg College 2002
After hopping around the Midwest, my family and I finally decided to settle down in Ashland when offered a job at Northland. We are very excited about returning to this area of the country, only a few hours away from where I grew and completed my undergraduate studies. We reside in the city of Ashland and love everything about the Northwoods (e.g., Lake Superior, outdoor activities, open-minded and accepting community, cold and snowy winters). Prior to joining the faculty at Northland in 2010, I held teaching appointments at the College of Mount St. Joseph (assistant professor of sociology) in Cincinnati, OH and at St. Norbert College (teaching fellow) in De Pere, WI. Prior to that, I lived and studied in Ames, Iowa where I earned my PhD and MS in sociology.
My academic interests include community development, civic participation, social movements, political sociology, and community and urban studies. I am interested in understanding how and why communities change, develop, and plan for sustainable and resilient futures.
I have taught a number of courses including: political process; social science research methods; methods of sustainable community development; applied research practicum; capitalism, justice, and sustainability; collapse & sustainability; organizing communities; models of sustainable community change (travel course to Oregon and Nicaragua); introduction to sociology; introduction to social responsibility; race, class, and gender; social problems; social movements; social stratification; sociological theory; and senior capstone.
Hofstedt, Brandon. 2014. “Social Movements in Action: Combating Environmental Racism on a Native American Reservation.” In Sociologists In Action: Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen, Jonathan White, and Shelley White. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Publication pending.
Dobratz, Betty A. and Brandon Hofstedt. 2012. “Chapter 8: Social Movements.” In Power, Politics, and Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology by Betty Dobratz, Lisa Waldner, and Timothy L. Buzzell. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Hofstedt, Brandon. 2012. Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, and Lecture PowerPoints for Power, Politics, and Society. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
Besser, Terry, Peter Korsching, Nancy Miller, Bridget Diamond Welch, Brandon Hofstedt, and Ryan Orr. 2006. “Creating Business Networks.” CD Practice 14:1-12.
“Sustainable Community Development through Asset Based Community Development: Local Assets and Amenities for Northwoods Communities.” Ashland Area Development Corporation, the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ashland, and WITC-Ashland supported project. September 2012-Present.
“Northern Wisconsin Lakes Survey: Stakeholder Uses, Behaviors, and Perceptions.” In conjunction with Randy Lehr, Bro Professor of Regional Sustainability at Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supported project. September 2012-Present.
“Charting Social Infrastructure for Sustainable Community Development: Social Capital Surveys for Northwoods Communities.” Funding under review. September 2013-Present.
“Mobilizing Community Capitals in Land-based Social Movements: Integrating Theories of Social Movements,” Midwest Sociological Society supported project, April 2007-May 2008.
“Business Networks and Rural Community Economic Vitality,” National Science Foundation and Fund for Rural America, United States Department of Agriculture supported. Terry Besser and Nancy Miller, Co-Principal Investigator, August 2005-August 2006.
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