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Principal Investigators:

Neil Cobb
Mansel Nelson
Taylor Joyal


Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)
Program Coordinator - Mansel A. Nelson

Supervisor for EEOP personnel.

  • Lead team effort in planning and implementing program.
  • Provide input to EEOP director on performance of all EEOP personnel.
  • Supervise and mentor student workers, including Graduate Assistants and Under Graduate student workers.
  • Provide overall program guidance and direction.
  • Evaluate EEOP activities for effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Mentor all EEOP personnel in their personal development, so that they can achieve their full potential.

Web Master - EEOP Web Site

  • Maintain an EEOP web site with program information and connections to additional environmental education resources on the World Wide Web (WWW).
  • Provide connections to resources for both students and educators.

Coordinate EEOP satellite activities.

  • Supervise implementation of sub-contracts with EEOP satellites.
  • Prepare and execute EEOP satellite contracts.

Support educators of Native American students (K-14).

  • Identify, secure, and disseminate environmental science education materials appropriate for Native American students.
  • Identify and disseminate environmental science projects and programs.
  • Facilitate integration of environmental science into all subject areas in EEOP schools.
  • Assist with implementation of science, mathematics, and technology educational reform in the EEOP schools.
  • Assist educators with understanding unique needs of the Native American student.
  • Assist educators with implementation of instruction strategies that motivate and meet the needs of Native American students
  • Encourage educators to work with local communities on local environmental issues.
  • Encourage educators to study and implement State and National mathematics, science, and technology standards.
  • Determine the needs of EEOP schools and tribal colleges in environmental, mathematics, science, and technology education.
  • Organize, facilitate, or conduct workshops for educators (and communities) in EEOP schools.
  • Support educator and community efforts to write and implement grant proposals to support environmental education, mathematics, science, and technology educational reform.
  • Maintain frequent contact with EEOP schools using telecommunications, mail, and personal visits.
  • Link educators and communities to government agencies and corporations involved in environmental work such as Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Support Native American students (K-14)

  • Recruit Native American students for the environmental career fields.
  • Recruit Native American students for summer programs in mathematics, science, technology and environmental science.
  • Assist Native American students with finding employment opportunities.
  • Mentor Native American students interested in environmental career fields.
  • Encourage development of student support groups such as the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
  • Be an advocate for addressing the unique educational needs of all Native American students.
  • Develop internship opportunities for Native American students such as research projects and career shadowing
  • Update the Guide to Environmental Management Careers for Native American Students

Support Tribal and Native American communities.

  • Coordinate and implement public education outreach efforts on local environmental issues.
  • Encourage interaction and cooperation between community members, tribal professionals and the local schools.

Assist Director EEOP

  • Assist with development and dissemination of environmental science research projects for Native American communities and schools.

Assist Director ITEP

  • Assist with curriculum projects in support of all ITEP projects.
  • Advise ITEP Director on instructional strategies for Native Americans.
  • Represent Director on NAU campus with various departments.


  • Maintain database of EEOP schools, tribal contacts, and students interested in environmental careers.
  • Maintain database and files of summer programs for Native American students in mathematics, science, and technology.


  • Continue professional development in all areas related to responsibilities of the EEOP.


Degrees: B.S., University of Utah , Chemistry (1978)

M.S., Brigham Young University , Chemical Engineering (1986)


Positions (1992-Present):

Chemistry Teacher, Tuba City High School , Tuba City , AZ

Director, Environmental Education Outreach Program, Northern Arizona University , Flagstaff , AZ


Teaching Experience:

Chemistry Teacher, Tuba City High School (Full time for 6 years, High School students)

Instructor, Environmental Education Outreach Program (Part time for 7 years, K-12)

Instructor, Environmental Education Outreach Program (Part time for 7 years, In-service for teachers)

Instructor, American Indian Air Quality Training Program (Part time for 7 years, In-service for Professionals)

Instructor, Arizona State University at Dine College - Tsaile (One course for 4 years, College)

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