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New Head of College announced

Pavel Cenkl
Monday, 23 September, 2019

Schumacher College is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of College,

Dr Pavel Cenkl leaves his post as Associate Dean of Sterling College in Vermont, America where he has been teaching environmental literature, writing, and cultural studies.

Alan Boldon, managing director for the Dartington Trust, said:

"We are delighted to welcome Dr Cenkl to Schumacher College. He will bring a renewal of vigour and fresh ideas to the exciting developments underway at the college." 

Pavel’s doctorate is in English Literature. His publications include Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest and This Vast Book of Nature: Writing the Landscape of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, 1784–1911. He is working on a new book on Resilience in the North: Adventure, Endurance, and the Limits of the Human. His journal articles have addressed issues in pedagogy, place, climate change, and the circumpolar North. 

He describes his research interests as the ‘intersection of ecological systems, humanities, digital technologies, and pedagogy’. When not working, Pavel’s other passions are running, skiing, cycling, climbing and spending time outside in nature with his wife, son and two dogs. He said:

“I can hardly wait to join the community at Schumacher College, meet everyone and begin working together to help build on the College’s legacy as a leading voice in ecological thinking and sustainability education.

In this time of unprecedented ecological and social challenges there are few things as important as living and learning in community and building relationships by wholly engaging one’s head, heart, and hands; I am honoured to be part of Schumacher College’s role in building a more resilient future.”

Pavel has completed a number of endurance runs for climate change across Scandinavia, totalling hundreds of kilometres, to raise awareness about climate disruption and community resilience.  During many of the runs he has collected water samples for a study by the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

Pavel joins Schumacher College at a time when Dartington Trust is significantly expanding its learning portfolio with new postgraduate and undergraduate courses to be launched in September 2020 at both Schumacher College and a new Dartington Arts School.

Dr Tracey Warr, who has been acting Head of Schumacher College for the last seven months, will return to focusing on her work as Head of Learning Programmes and Research for Dartington.
Pavel Cenkl will take up his post as Head of Schumacher College in October.