Sustainability Faculty Fellows
The UVM Sustainability Fellows 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 Program Goals
- 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 and exploration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Systems thinking and interdisciplinary teaching
- Exploring sustainability through the lens of equity, diversity, and social justice
- Course design frameworks and strategies
- UVM’s General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes and assessing student learning
This spring, Sustainability Fellows will join the first cohort of UVM’s Diversity Fellows in shared programming that explores sustainability through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are planning to ground our explorations in place (Burlington’s North End) and meet with community members to deepen our understanding about the relationship between social and ecological systems in Burlington.
Expectations for Fellows
Fellows are expected to:
- Demonstrate enthusiasm for developing interdisciplinary partnerships in sustainability
- Participate in a two-day training institute, January 8 and 9, 2019
- Attend at least two discussion workshops across the academic year
- Redesign or enhance a course to integrate concepts of sustainability and present their results to their peers
- Contribute to the growth of sustainability general education at UVM, such as submitting a course for the SU designation
- Evaluate their experience in the program
Important Dates and Other Information
|October 2018||The application period is now closed|
|October 25, 2018||Fellows Luncheon|
|November 29, 2018||Fellows Luncheon|
|January 8 and 9, 2019||Institute at Shelburne Farms & GreenHouse,
|Dates TBA, 2019||Fellows Luncheons|
Sustainability Faculty Fellows are eligible to apply for small grants ($300) for SU course implementation or to initiate a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research project related to teaching sustainability.
The program is presented by:
The Center for Teaching & Learning
The Sustainability Learning Community
The SFFP is proud to be a part of the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network and aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
- Simon Jorgenson, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee
- Walter Poleman, Director, Greenhouse Residential Learning Community
- Alan Tinkler, Associate Professor, Sustainability General Education Assessment Committee
- Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Wendy Verrei-Berenback firstname.lastname@example.org