University of Connecticut
Andy Jolly-Ballantine grew up sailing on Semester at Sea with his Sociologist mother – as an infant (Spring, 1975), middle schooler (Spring, 1987), and senior in high school (Fall, 1991). Traveling around the world as a child was a transformative experience and his entire career has been oriented toward returning to teach on board. He is currently an Associate Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut. Professor Jolly-Ballantine’s interests focus on physical and environmental Geography. His research has taken him to study hydrology and deforestation in the Amazon, landscapes and dust sources in the Sahara Desert, dry lakebeds in the Mojave Desert, and community food systems in Connecticut. As an Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UCONN, he provides advice on best practices in teaching, engages in service learning, creates teaching and learning materials with the Center for Students with Disabilities, establishes links between teaching faculty and the Office of Global Affairs, and has developed an interdisciplinary program on sustainable community food systems. If you were to find him on his home campus at UCONN, you might see him riding his unicycle to get to classes. Professor Jolly-Ballantine is excited to share his experience in Geography, the environment, teaching and learning, and service learning with the shipboard community and is pleased to have his wife and two children on the voyage to expose a third generation of his family to the unique experience that is Semester at Sea.