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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 yearlong exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration, and community building.

Congratulations to the
Fellows of 2013-14!

  • Sarah Abrams, Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Carol Adair, Assistant Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Lisa Aultman-Hall, Professor, Transportation Research Center; School of Engineering
  • William Cats-Baril, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration
  • David Conner, Assistant Professor Community Development and Applied Economics
  • Christina Fearon, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Fleming Museum
  • Alice Fothergill, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Jason Garbarino, Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Allen Josey, Director, Davis Center
  • Dawei Li, Assistant Professor, Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Ingrid Nelson, Assistant Professor, Geography
  • Bob Parsons, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics
  • Julia Perdrial, Assistant Professor, Geology
  • Matthew Poynter, Associate Professor, Medicine
  • David Raphael, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ting Tan, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • From Goddard College, Bob Buchanan, Faculty Advisor BA in Independent Studies
  • From Champlain College, Hadley Bunting, Core Division Adjunct Faculty

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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.

Four major topics are addressed:

  • Definitions of sustainability
  • Course design strategies
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and teaching
  • Student learning and attitudes about sustainability

Expectations for Fellows

Fellows are expected to:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for developing interdisciplinary partnerships in sustainability
  • Participate in a two-day training institute, January 9 and 10, 2014
  • Attend at least two discussion workshops across the academic year
  • Redesign or enhance a course to integrate concepts of sustainability
  • Evaluate the redesigned course to gauge attitudes and knowledge regarding sustainability

Important Dates

October 4, 2013 Applications due (now closed)
October 11, 2013 Fellows Announced
October 21, 2013 Fellows Luncheon
December 5, 2013 Fellows Luncheon
January 9 & 10, 2014 Institute at Shelburne Farms and GreenHouse, UVM Campus
Dates TBA, 2014 Fellows Luncheons

The program is presented by:

Coordinating Committee

Stephanie Kaza, Professor and Director, Environmental Program
Wendy Verrei-Berenback, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Gioia Thompson, Director, Office of Sustainability
Walter Poleman, Director, Greenhouse Residential Learning Community
Tarah Rowse, Graduate College Fellow, Office of Sustainability
Jennifer Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms

If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Tarah Rowse at 656-0895 or

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