Krista C James

Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Biology Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management

Office: 327 Jarvis Hall-Science Wing
Phone: 715-232-1557

Brief Biography

I am currently the Program Director for the Environmental Science Program at UW-Stout. I have been a member of the Biology Department for over 16 years.

Teaching Interests: BIO-111 Science, the Environment and Sustainability, ENSC-101 Environmental Science Profession, ENSC-398 Environmental Science Field Experience, ENSC-425 Environmental Science and Sustainability Capstone, and ENSC-449 Environmental Science Co-op

Research Interests: Galloway Creek research and community education, solid waste minimization and recycling, campus sustainability initiatives, environmental education programming, and STEM programming that retains under-represented students.

Professional Interests: Working with campus and community stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions to local environmental problems.


  • Spanish (Conversational)


    • Course work completed towards a PhD Applied Plant Science
      University of Minnesota
      St. Paul, MN, 1987
    • MS Agronomy
      University of Georgia
      Athens, GA, 1986
    • BS Biology
      University of Texas at San Antonio
      San Antonio, TX, 1980

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, B.S. Environmental Science
        Program Director
        July 2013 -
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Senior Lecturer
        2007 -
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        1999 - 2007

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • James, K. C., & Carlson, K. M. A Holistic Model for Supporting a Diverse Student Body in the STEM Fields. American Society of Quality Education Division.
    • Mason, K., James, K. C., Carlson, K. M., & D’Angelo, J. The Invasive Plant Species (IPS) Education Guide: A series of lessons to engage students in community science projects. The Science Teacher.
    • James, K. C., Bank, P. A., & Karnok, K. Interference of soybean, Glycine max, cultivars with sicklepod, Cassia obtusifolia. Weed Technology, 2, 404-409.

    Book, Chapter

    • James, K. C., & Bomar, C. Science. .


    • James, K. C., Carlson, K. M., D’Angelo, J., & Mason, K. The Invasive Plant Species Education Guide (Guide). .



    • James, K. C. (July, 2012). Diversity Awareness Education in an Introductory Seminar Course to Promote Social Responsibility. ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.
    • James, K. C. (May, 2012). Integrating Water Quality Monitoring and Service Learning in University Science Labs. Wisconsin Campus Compact Northwest Regional Community Engagement Gathering, WI.
    • James, K. C. (September, 2011). Strategic Planning to Infuse Sustainability Into the Curriculum. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Morris, MN.
    • James, K. C. (May, 2010). Holistic Model for Supporting a Diverse Student Body in the STEM Fields. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences annual conference,


    • James, K. C. (May, 2010). The State of Sustainability at University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Vision for the Future. UW-Stout Infusing Sustainability into the Curriculum Workshop,

Applied Research


    • Community Organizations and Businesses (Menomonie Area)
      Environmental Science and Sustainability Capstone Projects (January 1,2010 - Present)

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • James, K. C. Galloway Creek Pollution Connections to the Red Cedar River Basin. Sponsored by Red Cedar River Enhancement Fund grant, $7680.
    • James, K. C. Nurturing the Foundation of a UW-Stout Collaborative for Integrating Environmental Sustainability in Course Curricula. Sponsored by Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability (MRCSE), $2000.
    • James, K. C. The Development, Testing and Dissemination of an Invasive Plant Species (IPS) Education Kit for High School Teachers. Sponsored by Wisconsin Environmental Education Board grant, $19000.
    • James, K. C. Community Based Science: Action on Galloway Creek. Sponsored by UW-Stout Foundations grant, $5000.
    • James, K., & Carlson, K. Polytechnic Mission, Applied Science Vision” . Sponsored by National Science Foundation, $567088.
    • Menefee, J., & James, K. C. MRCSE Seed Grant. (Funded).
    • James, K. C. Rain Gardens: A beautiful solution to water pollution. Sponsored by Red Cedar River Enhancement Fund grant, $9189.


    • Parsons, A. M., Carlson, K. M., & James, K. C. Polytechnic Mission, Applied Science Vision. Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), $570000.

Reviewer / Editor

    Faculty review

    • Faculty review member for The Journal of Student Research (JSR) (2013 - 2014)

    Peer review

    • Peer review member for the Faculty Research Initiative (FRI) program (2013 - 2014)

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Future Farmers of America Community Leadership Award, (2010)
    • UW- Stout Merle Price Academic Staff Award, (2009)
    • Chancellor's Academic Staff Award for Excellecne, (2008)
    • Outstanding Teaching Award, (2008)
    • Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education Award, (2005)
    • Wisconsin Citizen Monitor of the Year Award, (2005)
    • Wisconsin Environmental Education Board recognition award for 3 years of service, (2005)


    • Outstanging School of Education Partner, (2008)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)


    Department / School

    • Coordinator, BIO-111 Science, the Environment and Sustainability (2016 - Present)
    • Faculty Mentor, Environmental Science Sentinel Newsletter (December 2015 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Environmental Science program (January 2013 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Plant Biologist Hiring Committee (November 2015 - January 2016)
    • Committee Member, Vertebrate Ecologist Hiring Committee (October 2014 - January 2015)
    • Advisor, Applied Science Program, Environmental Science Concentration (2008 - 2013)


    • Officer, Treasurer, Red Cedar Basin Monitoring Group (January 1,2010 - Present)