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Dr. Anita Zavodska

Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences

Dr. Anita Zavodska

"Teaching allows me to interact and engage with people, which I enjoy tremendously, while giving me the opportunity to increase their awareness and knowledge about the environmental issues that we face today."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Environmental Science – University of Arizona, 2000
  • MA in Environmental Science – University of Illinois Springfield, 1995
  • BSc in Environmental Science – Florida International University, 1993

Career Highlights:

Dr. Zavodska is a trained garbologist who conducts international municipal solid waste research which includes past and current collaboration with colleagues in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Nigeria, Japan, and Iraq. Additionally, her research interests include sustainability, waste management, recycling, and environmental education.

Before joining Barry University, Dr. Zavodska worked with a nonprofit environmental research organization.

In which online degree programs do you teach?

Which classes do you teach online?

EVS 306: Environment

What do you want students to take away from your courses?

An understanding and awareness about their (and humanity's as a whole) impact on the environment with everyday actions and taking it beyond the classroom into the rest of their lives so that they can make positive changes.

Why did you start teaching?

Because it allows me to interact and engage with people, which I enjoy tremendously, while giving me the opportunity to increase their awareness and knowledge about the environmental issues that we face today.

What advice would you give to students considering an online program?

Above all, they must be very good at time management and self-discipline in meeting due dates and completing course requirements.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that professionals face today?

The same challenge that I think is faced by many people across the world today—being exposed to too much information while being constantly connected. We need to slow down, disconnect, think, and absorb on a deeper level than just a superficial one.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us—and How to Fight Back by John de Graaf et al.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

Being a garbologist, data collection for my research requires that I dumpster dive and sort waste that is found in landfills.

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