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UVM Sustainability Fellows Program

UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program Report PDF

This program seeks to develop a learning community—a multidisciplinary faculty cohort engaged in a year-long exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration, and community building.

The application period is
now closed.

Congratulations to the AY16-17 Sustainability Fellows!
Eyal Amiel, Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
Erica Andrus, Religion
Mark Budolfson, Philosophy and Food Systems affiliate
Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Geography
Deb Ellis, English/Film and Television Studies
Heather Fitzgerald, Environmental Program
Eric Garza, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Hesterly (LeeLee) Goodson, English
Jenny Grosvenor, English
David Massell, History
Caylin McKee, Office of Sustainability
Leah Mital, GreenHouse Residential Learning Community
Karen Nordstrom, Nutrition & Food Sciences
Eric Roy, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

» View fellows from previous years

The Goals of this Fellows Program

  • Create a community of faculty who are committed to integrating interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability into the UVM curriculum
  • Enhance the understanding of sustainability concepts among faculty and students, particularly those not trained in environmental fields
  • Explore teaching and course design strategies that will engage students in sustainability from a multidisciplinary approach

The program, rooted in our campus and regional landscape, features a two-day January institute, held at scenic Shelburne Farms and UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Hall. Here, fellows engage in a rich mix of dialogue, reflection, writing, and critical thinking to explore how sustainability concepts can be integrated into their teaching.

Five major topics are addressed:

  • Definitions of sustainability
  • Course design strategies
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and teaching
  • Student learning and attitudes about sustainability
  • UVM's General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Expectations for Fellows

Fellows are expected to:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for developing interdisciplinary partnerships in sustainability
  • Participate in a two-day training institute, January 12 and 13, 2017
  • Attend at least two discussion workshops across the academic year
  • Redesign or enhance a course to integrate concepts of sustainability
  • Contribute to the growth of sustainability general education at UVM, such as submitting a course for the SU designation
  • Evaluate the redesigned course to gauge attitudes and knowledge regarding sustainability

Important Dates

October 7, 2016 Applications due (Online Application Form)
October 27, 2016 Fellows Luncheon
December 14, 2016 Fellows Luncheon
January 11 & 12, 2017 Institute at Shelburne Farms & GreenHouse,
UVM Campus
January 15, 2017 Professional development funds available
($250 per fellow)
Dates TBA, 2017 Fellows Luncheons

The program is presented by:

Coordinating Committee

  • Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
  • Walter Poleman, Director, Greenhouse Residential Learning Community
  • Alan Tinkler, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee
  • Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Wendy Verrei-Berenback

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