University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

UVM Sustainability Fellows Program

Beginning our 10th year!

» Apply Online by October 17th

green painting of treeThis 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.

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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 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 17, 2018 » APPLICATIONS DUE (Apply Online)
October 25, 2018 Fellows Luncheon
November 29, 2018 Fellows Luncheon
January 8 and 9, 2019 Institute at Shelburne Farms & GreenHouse,
UVM Campus
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
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms

The SFFP is proud to be a part of the Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network and aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program Report PDF

Coordinating Committee

  • 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 wverreib@uvm.edu

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