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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.

2017-2018 Fellows

Andy Barker, Project Director, Burlington City & Lake Semester
Thomas Chittenden, Grossman School of Business
Sean Flynn, Neurological Sciences
Pamela Fraser, Art and Art History
Ehsan Ghazanfari, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jeffrey S. Marshall, Mechanical Engineering
Nicole Morris, Business, Champlain College
Thomas Donnelly Noel, Asian Languages and Literatures
Holly Painter, English
Shelly A. Rayback, Geography
Jessica Scott, Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School
Kelly Thomas, English, Champlain College

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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
  • 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 11 and 12, 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 13, 2017 Applications due
October 25, 2017 Fellows Luncheon
December 13, 2017 Fellows Luncheon
January 11 & 12, 2018 Institute at Shelburne Farms & GreenHouse,
UVM Campus
After the institute Professional development funds available
($250 per fellow)
Dates TBA, 2018 Fellows Luncheons

The program is presented by:

Coordinating Committee

  • Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms
  • Walter Poleman, Director, Greenhouse Residential Learning Community
  • Simon Jorgenson, 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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