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Noël Cox Caniglia, Ph.D. - Graduate Chair of Education




Prescott College - Graduate Programs
Prescott, AZ   86301



Noël Cox  Caniglia, Ph.D.

Academic Statement (Return to top)

Noël Cox Caniglia has worked as full faculty at Prescott College over for 19 years. As the Graduate Education Program Chair, her primary interests include research methodologies and methods, feminist ways of knowing, ecojustice, and place-based learning. She has a strong academic and practical background in informal and formal (P-12) education. She considers her academic work to be secondary to her passion for living in harmony with the ecosystem as a sustainable Arizona cattle rancher – something that has been her primary focus for the last 30 years of her life. She has worked as a consultant to corporate groups and government agencies to teach communication, team-building skills, and leadership dynamics. She has worked as an activist to defend open space issues in Arizona, has been actively involved with the Arizona Department of Education Professional Preparation Review Team, and has remained involved with professional organizations related to both informal and formal education. She is a certified teacher: Secondary English 7-12, Elementary Education K-8, and English as a Second Language K-12. Her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Sustainability Education combines her interests in informal, place-based learning with her understanding of ecologically sound agrarian practices. She has researched the role of holistic, transformational learning and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning that are multi-generational, self-renewing, and based on an emergent model of healthy interrelationships between human and other than human environments.



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)

Caniglia, N. C. (2011). Voices for the land: Women ranchers’ sense of place and role in passing on knowledge, values, and wisdom. (Doctoral dissertation). Union Institute & University. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hauk, M., Landsman, J., Canty, J., & Cox Caniglia, N. C.. (2010, October). Gaian methodologies: An emergent confluence of sustainability research innovation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Denver, Colorado.

Presentations (Return to top)

Association for Experiential Education (2010, Wyoming). Exceptional learning: Place-based contexts for Higher Education: Who needs a Master's degree?

Ecological Society of America (2011).Putting Social and Ecological Literacies into Practice: Environmental Studies, the Humanities, Education, and Sustainability in a Dangerous World.

Research (Return to top)

Ethnographic Inquiry using a feminist lens - Place-based learning; ecojustice education.

Education (Return to top)

Ph.D. Sustainability Education - Union Institute & University. Cincinnati, Ohio

M.S. Experiential Education - Minnesota State University. Mankato, Minnesota

Expertise (Return to top)

Sustainability Education

Place-Based Learning

Ecojustice Education

Qualitative Research Methodologies

Feminist Research Methods

Experiential Education


Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)


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