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Become a Sustainability Faculty Fellow

Are you interested in shaping one of your classes or programs around a topic in sustainability? Integrating sustainability issues into a component of your course or program?  Or developing a new sustainability course? Have you wanted to learn more about how to bring sustainability into your field of expertise and your classroom?  We invite you to enhance your teaching and programs by becoming a Sustainability Faculty Fellow.

What do we mean by sustainability?  We introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the first gathering of Fellows in the fall.  Many faculty members ultimately choose to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for understanding sustainability in their classes and programs, so our perspective is broader than environmental sustainability.  Other themes explored during the program include change agency, systems thinking, and regional partnerships to develop applied, experiential learning opportunities.

The Sustainability Faculty Learning Community, a project of the Sustainability Committee, is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the second cohort of faculty and staff to join the existing multidisciplinary faculty network to engage in a yearlong exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, collaboration, and community building.  This program is open to academic and professional faculty.  It is funded by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Sustainability Committee, and Campus Auxiliary Services.

Program Goals – The goals of the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community, founded in the fall of 2016, are to create a community of faculty across ranks and disciplines committed to exploring teaching and course design strategies that integrate sustainability into the New Paltz curriculum, as well as to enhance the understanding of sustainability concepts among faculty and students, particularly those not trained in environmental fields.

Program Elements – The cornerstone of the fellowship will be a 2-day retreat, on January 13-14, 2020, when fellows will participate in an immersive training program led by Dr. Deborah Rowe, a nationally-acclaimed sustainability education scholar and instructor.  Dr. Rowe will lead the first day’s activities on campus and SUNY New Paltz’s own faculty and staff will lead the second day.  During the retreat, fellows will have the opportunity to learn sustainability principles as well as techniques for bringing those fundamentals to their own particular disciplines, classes, and programs.

Fellows will also meet for two on-campus meetings in the fall semester and two meetings in the spring semester and be expected, by the end of the yearlong fellowship, to present plans for integrating sustainability into a current or future course (including a new or revised syllabus) or program on one of the two study days in May.  There is a stipend of $250 to be provided to each fellow upon completion of the program.

The Sustainability Faculty Learning Community, in partnership with the Faculty Development Center, will organize sustainability programs and workshops open to all fellows and the extended campus community.

Expectations of Sustainability Faculty Fellows
Participants in the Sustainability Faculty Fellows program are expected to:

  • Attend two gatherings in the fall
  • Read some material prior to the January retreat
  • Attend the 2-day retreat on January 13 - 14, 2020
  • Attend two gatherings in the spring
  • Present plans for integrating sustainability into a current or future course or program at the final gathering
  • Submit a revised or new syllabus that integrates sustainability into a current or future course

Please note that many former Sustainability Faculty Fellows have integrated sustainability into a course that they were offering in the spring.  This is not a requirement, but it has worked well for many fellows.

How to Apply – Applications for the program will be accepted until Monday, September 16, 2019.  Click here to fill out the online application.

Program Contacts

For additional information about the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community, feel free to contact:

Michael Asbill, Art

Michael Boms, Biology

Will Hong, Digital Media & Journalism

Joshua Korenblat, Art

Lisa Mitten, Office of Campus Sustainability

Sarah Wyman, English & the Faculty Development Center