Donald Stump received his B.A. from Grinnell College, with concentrations in Biology and English literature. He pursued his Ph.D.in English at Cornell University. Before coming to Saint Louis University in 1992, he taught at Colgate University, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame.
Until 2017, Donald Stump directed the Micah Program at SLU, the largest undergraduate academic program and learning community in the nation focused on the study and practice of long-term approaches to urban poverty. Dr. Stump is also a Professor of English. He has served at SLU as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and as President of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council. From 2011-2015, Dr. Stump headed up a university working group of faculty and administrators to design an education and outreach greenhouse to teach science and improve nutrition for under-served elementary-school students. He also secured funding and headed up creation of the SLU Aquaponics Lab as a firsts step in preparing to build such a facility.
With shared goals and ideas in mind, he joined with Tom Purcell in founding the Green House Venture in 2015. Since then, Dr. Stump has headed up curriculum development for the Venture and has been closely involved in the process of designing its Education Center.
“Every child we work with has a mind with more creative potential than the most powerful supercomputers on the planet. Our job is to spark curiosity and light up the imagination so that learning becomes a pleasure, delight leads to lives of investigation, and discovery brings benefits to us all.”