Academics at Prescott College
Noël Cox Caniglia, Ph.D.
Graduate Chair of Education
Dr. Noël Cox Caniglia has taught and advised Prescott College students in the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate programs for over 20 years. Her primary scholarly commitments include sustainability education, research methodologies/methods (she serves as the Prescott College Institutional Review Board Chairperson), place-based learning, feminist ways of knowing, ecojustice, and the application of Complexity theory to all systems. Because of her strong scholarly and practical background in informal and formal (P-12) education, she has passed her excitement for teaching and learning to her students. Noël considers her academic work to be secondary to her commitment to living in harmony with the ecosystem as a sustainable Arizona cattle rancher – something that has been her primary passion for over 35 years. She has worked as a consultant to corporate groups and government agencies to teach communication, team-building skills, and leadership dynamics. Additionally, she has worked as an activist to defend open space in Arizona—building a successful multi-stakeholder advocacy group to conserve open space, 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. Her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Sustainability Education combined 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.
Ph.D. Sustainability Education - Union Institute & University. Cincinnati, Ohio
M.S. Experiential Education - Minnesota State University. Mankato, Minnesota
Ethnographic Inquiry using a feminist lens - Place-based learning; ecojustice education.
Qualitative Research Methodologies
Feminist Research Methods
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.
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.