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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, is now 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 and the Office of Campus Sustainability.

What do we mean by sustainability?  During the fall gatherings of Sustainability Faculty Fellows, we introduce multiple definitions and frameworks for sustainability including:

Our approach to sustainability is broader than environmental sustainability to include the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental dimensions.  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 submit written revised/updated course and/or program information to the co-coordinators of the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community by the end of the spring 2021 semester.  New this year, Fellows will present to their cohort and the next cohort their final presentations in September of 2021.

Program Elements – The cornerstone of the fellowship will be a 2-day virtual retreat, on January 11 to 12, 2020, when fellows will participate in an immersive training program led by their fellow colleagues.  During the retreat, fellows will have the opportunity to learn sustainability principles and techniques for bringing those fundamentals to their own particular disciplines, classes, and programs as well as build community.  Attendance at this virtual 2-day retreat is required.  If you cannot attend the January Institute, please wait until next year to apply to the program.

Fellows will also meet for three virtual meetings in the fall semester and two meetings in the spring semester and be expected, by the end of the yearlong fellowship, to submit plans for integrating sustainability into a current or future course (including a new or revised syllabus) or program in May of 2021.  Fellows will present their revised syllabi and programs to their cohort of fellows and the next cohort of fellows during September of 2021.  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 (2020-21)
Participants in the Sustainability Faculty Fellows program are expected to:

  • Attend three virtual gatherings in the fall
  • Attend the 2-day retreat on January 11 - 12, 2020
  • Read/watch material introduced before virtual gatherings and the January Institute
  • Attend two gatherings in the spring
  • Submit a revised or new syllabus or program in May of 2021
  • Present plans for integrating sustainability into a current or future course or program in September of 2021

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 Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  Click here to access 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

Katie Hunt, Communication

Joshua Korenblat, Art

Lisa Mitten, Office of Campus Sustainability

Andrea Varga, Theater Arts

Sarah Wyman, English & the Faculty Development Center