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Phil Grabowski

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development

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Phil Grabowski

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development


  • PhD, Community Sustainability, Michigan State University (2015)
  • MS, Community Agriculture Recreation & Resource Studies, Michigan State University (2011)
  • BS, Plant Biology/Environmental Biology, Michigan State University (2002)


Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

I love working with students to grapple with complex environmental challenges. I especially enjoy the opportunity to explore how the Christian faith calls us to care for creation, to serve others (especially the needy), and to know God through His creation. I am looking forward to helping students discern God’s calling in their lives and guiding them in careers in sustainable development.


Birdwatching, identifying plants, biking, playing games, and building Legos with my kids

Major Career Accomplishments

Recipient of the Dr. Joe Burnworth Teaching Award (2022)

Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2014)

PhD Research Assistantship with MSU-USAID Food Security Project (2011–2014)

C.S. Mott Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Agriculture (2012)

Milton H. Steinmueller Fellowship in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (2013)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship—U.S. Department of Education (2009–2011)

George and Nancy Axinn Scholarship for International Development (2011)

Hueschen Scholarship—American Chemical Society (1998–2002)