Sustainability Across the Curriculum for Campus Leaders

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June 27-28, 2013

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled.

Location: San Diego State University: San Diego, California

$450 AASHE Members
$500 Non-AASHE Members

(Snacks and lunches on both days of the workshop, as well as transportation to dinner are included in the fees. Participants will also receive readings, handouts and other workshop materials.)

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Dr. Geoffrey Chase
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
San Diego State University

Peggy Barlett
Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology
Emory University

Deadline to Apply: The deadline to apply for this workshop is March 25, 2013. Details below.

This workshop will...

engage with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Piedmont Project at Emory University, the longest-running curriculum development program for sustainability in the country, and the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University. Introduced to faculty on more than 150 campuses, the Ponderosa Project is a faculty development initiative aimed at helping faculty across departments integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses.

AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop or enhance curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses.

As a workshop participant…

you will experience a range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities and dialogue with faculty from around the country. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning, you will gain help in adapting this philosophy of change model to your own campus. In a supportive and stimulating environment, you will reflect on your own role in the transformation of higher education with:

  • Interactive presentations by resource experts on topics including climate change and global public health; promoting social justice through youth support programs; sustainable agriculture; veterans retraining; and student engagement
  • Sustainability talks and tours including a preview of the new LEED Platinum student union at San Diego State, educational gardens, and an award winning faculty-led historical preservation project
  • Dinner in the Kensington Neighborhood of San Diego


Day 1
Exploring Ponderosa/Piedmont model
Addressing campus challenges and engaging colleagues
Campus activity—Deepening the engagement with place

Shifting paradigms—Interdisciplinarity and sustainability’s
challenge to higher education
Leadership, change, and support

Day 2
Piedmont and Ponderosa Projects—How to lead the model
Outcomes—what students need to know back

Institutional planning and campus strategy development
Strategies for personal sustainability and next steps

Application Process

  • The deadline to apply is March 25, 2013
  • Workshop space is limited to 35 and the application process is competitive
  • AASHE will send acceptance/decline notifications by April 1, 2013
  • If paying by credit card, no charges will be issued until you are accepted into the workshop

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About the Workshop Site

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region enrolling more than 31,000 students. Since it was founded in 1897, the university has grown to become a nationally ranked research university with academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis, preparing them for a global future.

Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at SDSU and students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from operations to festivals to research to academic programs. SDSU is home to the Center for Regional Sustainability, Global Climate Change Research Group, Biofuels Consortium and offers majors in Sustainability, Environmental Sciences, and Sustainable Tourism Management.

While you are in San Diego…

• Enjoy world class museums at Balboa Park, historic Old Town, charming eateries in Little Italy, the San Diego Mission and archeological site, and night life in Downtown
• Travel sustainability with easy access to the San Diego Trolley system, just one block from the workshop hotel
• Extend your visit and save with discounted hotel rates for workshop participants
• Take in a free concert at Balboa Park, learn about Biomimicry at the San Diego Zoo, or explore water conservation at the Natural History Museum
• Shop local at more than a dozen Farmer’s Markets and the San Diego Public Market
• Explore nature in the country’s largest urban park, Mission Trails Regional Park
• Take a ferry from Downtown to Coronado Island and explore the island by bike

…and of course enjoy the beautiful beaches and amazing weather!

Facilitator Bios

Dr. Geoffrey Chase, who has been the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University since 2002, and the Director of the Center for Regional Sustainability since 2009, attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received the BA in English in 1971. He also holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio) and the AM in English from Boston College. After receiving his PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, he taught for 11 years in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio. While at Miami, he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Turku, Finland (1990-1991).

Dr. Chase joined Northern Arizona University in 1992 as the Director of English Composition. While at Northern Arizona University, Chase also served as English Department Chair, Dean of Liberal Studies, and as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. At NAU, he revamped the composition curriculum to give it an environmental focus and became one of the leaders of the Ponderosa Project.

In 2004 he co-edited, with Peggy Barlett, "Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change," published by MIT Press. From 2005-2008 he served on the Executive Committee for the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) and currently as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). He has also co-chaired the Proposal Review Committee for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has served as team chair for several re-accreditation teams. Dr. Chase lectures widely on sustainability in higher education and, with Peggy Barlett, offers workshops on institutional change and sustainability.

Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University, is a specialist in agricultural anthropology and sustainability in higher education. A leader in bringing Emory to its current commitment to a sustainable future, Peggy’s work has focused in recent years on faculty development, curriculum, sustainable food, and culture change. She has written on the challenges of transforming higher education in Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change (edited with Geoffrey W. Chase, MIT Press, 2004) and the two of them have completed a recent volume on Transforming Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Sustainability (MIT Press, 2013).

Co-founder of the Piedmont Project at Emory, she also now leads workshops with Geoffrey Chase on faculty engagement and curriculum development through AASHE. Over 400 faculty leaders from around the U.S. and several foreign countries have participated in the AASHE workshops. She received the inaugural Faculty Leadership Award from AASHE in 2011.

Barlett is author of two studies of farming communities, editor of four volumes, and author of numerous professional articles. She brings her expertise on agricultural systems in developing countries to her work at Emory, where she was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Prize for university service and scholarship in 2012. She serves on the National Research Council Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, is active in the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, and seeks to combine the scholarship of sustainability with the joy of deeper engagement with the animate earth.