UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Professor and online graduate student collaborate to publish peer-reviewed article

UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Professor and online graduate student collaborate to publish peer-reviewed article

DARTMOUTH, MA - December 15, 2010 -- Chad J. McGuire, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Graduate Online Environmental Policy Certificate Program (EPCP); and Helen Perivier, an online graduate student currently enrolled in the EPCP, have successfully collaborated on a research article to be published in the February 2011 issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development. The article was inspired by work Ms. Perivier did as part of her coursework while a student in the EPCP. The collaboration began when Professor McGuire discovered interesting themes from her Spring 2010 Environmental Policy course paper and offered to work with her on the development of these themes into a more substantial piece of research, which ultimately led to the forthcoming journal article.

What is interesting about this collaboration is the fact that it was entirely based in an online environment, noted Professor McGuire. Helen and I have never met in-person, but we were able to fully collaborate on this development of this research online. Generating a piece of primary literature in this way is a first for noted Professor McGuire.

Student Helen Perivier had this to say about her experience: The online program at the Department of Public Policy at UMass provides a dynamic classroom setting where students and faculty meet to explore and debate the relevant policy issues of today. Professor McGuire's encouragement and taking the extra effort to collaborate with me on this project shows that UMass truly takes the academic and professional interests of its students to heart.

The article, entitled The Non-existence of Sustainability in International Maritime Shipping: Issues for Consideration, focuses on the environmental and social justice issues connected with current policies surrounding international maritime shipping. The authors identify drivers of negative environmental and social justice outcomes to include such policies as the allowance of foreign-flagging and lax port-state controls on maritime vessels. What we see is a short-sighted policy that ultimately externalizes environmental and social costs that must be more fully internalized if we hope to achieve a sustainable level of globalization noted Professor McGuire. The fact that over eighty percent of the world's large ships are sent broken to the beaches of southeast Asia under dangerous and polluting conditions is just one glaring symptom out of many calling for greater sustainability within the shipping industry adds Perivier.

This successful collaboration reflects UMass Dartmouth's commitment to ensuring that our online programs provide our students with the same opportunities to learn from and work with our full-time faculty that students in our face-to-face programs have enjoyed for many years added Michael Goodman, Associate Professor and Chair of the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Policy and Director of its face-to-face and fully online Master's in Public Policy Program.

"While our current and prospective online student body is increasingly world's apart in the traditional sense, innovations such as this major collaborative achievement demonstrate that through ongoing adaptations of online learning methods and techniques our learners and teachers have never had as great an opportunity to be closer together than now," said Jennifer Brady, Associate Vice President for Business Development at UMassOnline, adding, "Thanks to such developments on the UMass campuses by dedicated online faculty, like Professor McGuire, and ready learners UMassOnline's 'One World Class' positioning of the university's online programs has never been more appropriate."

A draft of the article can be accessed at: