Steve was the dean at the College of the Environment from 2012 to 2021. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the University of Idaho, where he served as associate dean of the College of Natural Resources, Chair of the Department of Conservation Social Sciences, founding director of the university’s award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, and founding director of the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). He was also director of the U of I's Park Studies Unit, which is a branch of the National Park Service Social Science Program. Formerly he was co-editor of the international academic journal Society and Natural Resources. Prior to the University of Idaho, he was a professor and program coordinator in the Division of Forestry at Western Virginia University. He is the founder and first executive director of the West Virginia Land Trust.
Land use policy and management; land trusts and conservation easements; and environmental leadership.