Darien Ripple, Ph.D., has taught at various community colleges and universities since 1990, including some international institutions. He is currently a philosophy faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). Darien coordinates CGCC’s Sustainability and Ecological Literacy program, Environmental Technology Center, and study abroad program in Belize. In addition, he is the Director of the Center for Civic and Global Engagement.
Prior to accepting his position at CGCC in the fall of 2004, Darien was the lead philosophy instructor and Learning Community Coordinator at South Texas College (STC) for five years. While at STC, he also became the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction, and worked on such projects as Closing the Gaps 2015, a Texas initiative to increase minority retention in colleges and universities, and a grant through the Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence to create online modules in the areas of ethics and teaching learning communities.
Darien earned a Ph.D. in sustainability education writing his dissertation on the relationship of international education to transformational learning and environmental sustainability. He has received a variety of scholarly grants, including a Fulbright Scholarship to study globalization in Mexico and Belize, Perkin’s Work Place grant studying ground water contamination, Maricopa Community College District Summer Learning grants focusing on eco-tourism, and Maricopa Institute for Learning Fellowship.