OPEN Fellow – Dr Janis Balda


Title Dr
Surname Balda
First Name Janis
Organisation The Simeon Institute
Role Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at Unity College, Maine and Chief Learning Officer at The Simeon Institute, Unity, Maine.
Introduction Research and teaching, specifically applying the Sustainable Development Goals for undergraduate students at an institution focused on sustainability science.
Why am I an OPEN Fellow? OPEN can be a significant partner for the efforts of both Unity College and The Simeon Institute in furthering the Sustainable Development Goals, both in New England and globally.
Areas of expertise SDGs / sustainable development, Social sustainability issues, Environmental sustainability issues, Economic sustainability issues, Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Responsible leadership, Organisational behaviour, International Law
My expertise in more detail Sustainable Enterprise, SDGs for undergraduates in New England, International NGOs
Credentials Education

Ph.D. in Education, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.

M.A. in Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.

LL.M. in Law, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

J.D. in Law, Loyola University, Los Angeles, CA (cum laude).

M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

B.A. in Political Science, Taylor University, Upland, IN (magna cum laude).

Professional Experience

Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Unity College, August 2012- Present

Teaching management, leadership and sustainable enterprise, in addition to an innovative and transdisciplinary approach called “management across the curriculum”, engaging students in developing skills, knowledge and attributes that enable them to be effective managers, innovators and problem solvers in nonprofits, business and the public sector. Current research includes positive organizational practices and attributes that result in successful sustainable businesses, local leadership for sustainability, and the effectiveness of undergraduate leadership academic programming on employment effectiveness.

Member and course designer, Committee for Sustainable Business Enterprise major, approved by NEASC and adopted May, 2017

Faculty Moderator

Chair, Faculty Planning Committee AY2014-2015

Course Developer, Master’s degree course, Strategic Management of Scientific Innovation, Unity Online, Fall 2016.

Adjunct Faculty, M.S. in Executive Leadership, Online and Continuing Education, Champlain College, January-March, 2016

The Simeon Institute, 2008 – present

Products/Services offered Teaching, Consulting, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development

Appreciative Inquiry Summits, Legal Issues

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