Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Our People

Tania M. Schusler, PhD

Title/s:  Advanced Lecturer
Solutions to Environmental Problems (STEP) Coordinator

Office #:  BVM Hall 425

Phone: 773.508.8954


CV Link: Schusler CV August 2018


Throughout her career, Schusler has worked at the interface of people and environment. She conceives of “environment” broadly to include natural and built environments and their biophysical and social dimensions. Habitat destruction and climate change are obvious environmental issues as are racism and poverty. She is especially interested in how community development can simultaneously foster personal well-being, economic vitality, and environmental protection.


  • PhD, Natural Resource Policy & Management, Cornell University, 2007
  • MSc, Natural Resource Policy & Management, Cornell University, 2001
  • BSc, Forestry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1993

Research Interests

Schusler's research focuses on citizen participation and stakeholder engagement in environmental management. For example, she  investigated social learning among stakeholders involved in a participatory planning process that took place against the backdrop of controversy over natural resource management in New York’s East Ontario Basin. She has also documented the practices of educators who engage youth in local environmental action (e.g., habitat restoration, community gardening, policy analysis) and the outcomes of these experiences for young people. Her current research involves examining how participation and learning influence the sustainability of local communities.

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 283: Environmental Sustainability
  • ENVS 284: Environmental Justice
  • ENVS 288: Applied Interdisciplinary Data Analysis
  • ENVS 350F: STEP Food
  • ENVS 350A: STEP Water
  • ENVS 350C: STEP Climate Change
  • ENVS 383: Human Dimensions of Conservation

Selected Publications

Naiman, S. M., Schusler, T. M. and Schuldt, J. P. 2018. Environmental engagement among Latinos: An exploratory study of environmentalists in the greater Chicago region. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-018-0511-8

Schusler, T., Weiss, L., Treering, D. and Balderama, E. 2018. Research note: Examining the association between parks and crime in Chicago. Landscape and Urban Planning. 170: 309-313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.012

Schusler, T. Davis-Manigaulte, J. and Cutter-Mackenzie, A. 2017. Positive youth development. Ch. 17 in Krasny, M. E., and Kudryavtsev, A., eds. Urban Environmental Education Review. Cornell University Press. (Chapter available online at https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/urban-ee-essays)

For a complete list of her publications, awards, and affiliations, please see her CV.