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Become a Sustainability Faculty Fellow

Are you interested in integrating sustainability into one of your classes or programs?  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.

The Sustainability Faculty Learning Community, a project of the Sustainability Committee, anticipates that in the summer of 2020, we will be accepting applications for SUNY New Paltz's fifth cohort of academic and professional faculty to join the existing multidisciplinary faculty network.  Sustainability Faculty Fellows engage in a year-long exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, collaboration, and community building.  It is funded by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Sustainability Committee, and Campus Auxiliary Services.

What do we mean by sustainability?  During the first gathering of Sustainability Faculty Fellows in the fall, we introduce several definitions and frameworks for sustainability, including the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.  Our approach to sustainability is broader than environmental sustainability to include the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental dimensions.  Historically, many faculty members have chosen to integrate the Global Goals framework in their classes and programs.  Other themes explored during the program include change agency, systems thinking, and regional partnerships to develop applied, experiential learning opportunities.

Program Goals – Founded in the fall of 2016, the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community strives to foster a community of academic and professional faculty across ranks and disciplines committed to infusing sustainability into teaching, research, and programs.  

Program Expectations – Over the course of one academic year, academic faculty are expected to modify one syllabus to include sustainability content or develop a new sustainability course.  Professional faculty are expected to infuse sustainability content into an existing or new program.  After a series of professional development opportunities for sustainability, fellows are expected to present their sustainability-infused courses and programs to their peers during one of the two study days in May.

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.  A stipend of $250 will be granted 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 the Fourth Cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows (2019-2020)
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