DURHAM, N.C. – Deborah Gallagher, professor of the practice of resource and environmental policy, is the recipient of the 2021 Lynn Maguire Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Professional Students.

Gallagher was nominated by students for the award, which recognizes Nicholas School of the Environment faculty members who excel as teachers in and out of the classroom and go above and beyond in their commitment to mentoring and advising.

The award is named in honor of Lynn Maguire, a founding faculty member of the Nicholas School who retired in 2017 and whose dedication to teaching and mentoring professional graduate students was legendary.

Gallagher is a widely cited expert on environmental leadership. Her research examines public policies to promote environmentally sustainable business practices and the use of public/private partnerships to implement environmental policies.

Recent courses she has taught include “Sustainable Business Strategy,” “Business and Environment,” and “Business Strategy for Environmental Sustainability,” a course she developed specifically for Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) students enrolled in the Nicholas School’s mostly online Duke Environmental Leadership Program. She also has served as advisor on the Masters Projects of numerous on-campus MEMs and DEL-MEMs, as well as teaching many independent study courses.

This year, she co-led a new seminar series for students, “Leading the Change,” that connects them with the Nicholas School’s broad network of alumni and friends and helps them hone the leadership skills they’ll need to enact organizational change in their future workplaces and help bring about environmental and social progress.