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UVM Sustainability Fellows Program

UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program Report PDF

Supported by the Office of the Provost, this fellowship 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.

Congratulations to the
New Fellows of 2015-16!

  • Meghan Cope, Geography
  • Patrick Garcia, Grossman School of Business
  • Bernice Garnett, College of Education and Social Services
  • John Lens, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Bindu Panikkar, Environmental Studies / Rubenstein School
  • Matthew White, Physics
  • Dennis Mahoney, German and Russian
  • Maria Alessandra Woolson, Romance Languages and Linguistics
  • Steven Kostell, Art and Art History
  • Vijay Kanagala, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration
  • Dan Baker, Community Development and Applied Economics
  • Susie Walsh Daloz, Continuing & Distance Education
  • Regina Toolin, College of Education and Social Services
  • Sylvia Gieger, Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Kelly Hamshaw, Community Development and Applied Economics
  • Rachael Montesano, Romance Languages and Linguistics
  • Cathy Paris, Plant Biology
  • Ryan Morra, Shelburne Farms

» 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 14 and 15, 2016
  • 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 12, 2015 Applications due (download)
November 9, 2015 Fellows Luncheon
December 16, 2015 Fellows Luncheon
January 14 & 15, 2016 Institute at Shelburne Farms & GreenHouse, UVM Campus
Dates TBA, 2016 Fellows Luncheons

The program is presented by:

Coordinating Committee

  • Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
  • Lisa Watts Natkin, Graduate College Fellow, Office of Sustainability
  • Walter Poleman, Director, Greenhouse Residential Learning Community
  • Gioia Thompson, Director, Office of Sustainability
  • 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 Lisa Watts Natkin

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