Sustainability Faculty Fellows


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For the past 12 years, faculty, academic and sustainability staff from a variety of disciplines have joined together to develop a learning community engaged in a year-long exploration of sustainability, systems thinking, and pedagogy. This year we will build on this foundation in the context of our present moment of rapid climate disruption and social instability. The AY 19-20 program will also include opportunities to:

  • Respond to the call of climate action and justice
  • Connect with UVM staff and faculty who are committed to sustainability and equity
  • Reflect on the relationship between the climate crisis and our (and students’) emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being

During the year together we will:

  • Discuss definitions of sustainability
  • Through the lens of equity, diversity, and social justice, connect our work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (with a focus on Goal 13 Climate Action and Goal 3 Human Health and Well Being)
  • Work on individual projects (some examples are listed below) with the support of cohort members and others in the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network

There are concrete benefits to being a Sustainability Fellow. First and foremost, fellows have the space and a supportive community to work on a year-long project that furthers their vision for sustainability in higher education. We are not prescriptive about what this work “looks” like. It will vary from person to person, depending on your role in your institution. For example, a UVM sociology professor could focus on integrating the UVM General Education Sustainability Learning Outcomes into a course on social movements, a Champlain College department chair could focus on developing a curricular map and assessment plan, a UVM student advisor could focus on mentoring student activists, and a sustainability staff person could focus on developing partnership with faculty and students for achieving institutional goals.

Becoming a fellow means committing to attending:
A networking luncheon on December 11th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
A two-day January Institute (Jan 8th and 9th) to reflect and plan
A one-day retreat (to be scheduled between May 18 – 29) to reflect, share, and extend our work

Please direct any questions to Wendy Verrei-Berenback at wverreib@uvm.edu (email link).

APPLY ONLINE: The application period is now closed.

Please note, we will be hosting optional programs throughout the year. AY 19-20 Fellows are also eligible to join SFFP alumni programs, such as the Spring semester reading group and the May 2020 UVM Collaborative Fellows Burlington’s North End Social-Ecological Systems workshop (Diversity, Service Learning and Sustainability Faculty Fellows). More information on these programs will be available soon.

Sustainability Faculty Fellows Coordinating Committee

Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
Simon Jorgenson, Assistant Professor, Education, Sustainability Curriculum Review Committee
Ingrid L. Nelson, Assistant Professor, Geography, Co-Faculty Associate, Cultural Crossroads Learning Community
Paul Yoon, Senior Advisor for Diversity Assessment & Research. Division of Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Walter Poleman, Senior Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (Sabbatical); Co-coordinator of Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network, UN Regional Center for Expertise on Sustainability