James Madison University
PHOTO: Wayne Teel

Wayne S. Teel, Ph.D.

Professor, ISAT

  • Office: ISAT/CS 113
  • Phone: 540-568-2798
  • Email: teelws@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 4102
    701 Carrier Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D. Cornell University: Agroforestry, Soil Science and International Agriculture
  • M.S., Cornell University, Natural Resources
  • MTS Gordon-Conwell, Church History
  • B.S. Seattle Pacific University, Chemistry


  • 9 years in Sudan, Kenya and Mozambique with the Mennonite Central Committee primarily working on agroforestry projects with an emphasis on small, subsistence farming systems.
  • teaching at Eastern Mennonite University focusing on environment and development in situations of conflict.
  • working with Virginia Save Our Streams on water monitoring and water quality issues.
  • 12 years + on the Board of the Pure Water Forum in the Shenandoah Valley

Research Interests

  • Agroforestry – worked on identifying and developing information on trees useful for agroforestry primarily in Kenya, but with additional experience in 5 other countries.  Results of this work are found at http://agroforesttrees.cisat.jmu.edu/
  • Biochar – This is in essence using charcoal as a soils amendment to improve soil fertility and sequester carbon.  Research on this topic is expanding rapidly.  I started doing research on this with students in the ISAT Program in 2007.
  • Permaculture – These ideas were originally developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia and have now become the most common way of improving local, small scale agriculture.
  • Water – In the Shenandoah Valley this issue relates to nutrient pollution from agriculture.  In Africa issues focus on availability and sanitation.  I am interested in looking at both.


  • University Hours
    May 11 - August 21
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday Thursday.
    8:00 a.m. - noon on Friday.

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