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Webinar: “Scaling Up” Sustainability Curricular Integration: How can we build upon “ground up” faculty development models to achieve Sustainability-Across-the-Curriculum that reaches EVERY student?
April 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDTFree
A growing number of colleges and universities have created professional development initiatives for instructors that help them incorporate sustainability principles and competencies into existing courses. Some of these institutions have sent staff or faculty leaders to workshops based on the Piedmont/Ponderosa model or have taken advantage of other AASHE webinars that share “from the ground up” approaches to effective faculty professional development in sustainability course integration. Sustainability integration workshops, faculty learning communities, and course development grants can support curricular innovation very effectively. At the same time, this approach can be slow-going and may not reach enough courses to ensure every student meets key sustainability learning outcomes and competencies by the time they graduate. How can we “scale up” sustainability across the curriculum and reach every student—when instructors are stretched thin and resources are limited?
If your college or university has sustainability across the curriculum faculty development opportunities in place and you are eager to identify ways to accelerate your impact, this strategy-oriented webinar is for you! We’ll discuss progress, challenges and visions for advancing curricular integration that reaches all students and we will learn from each other. The aim is for each of us to come away with at least one new idea-–a strategy we haven’t yet tried—that can help us “scale up” sustainability across the curriculum.
Additional information: Registrants will be asked to share some information about their programs and their aims for this session ahead of time, to help us prepare for our time together.
Potential discussion questions:
- What does “sustainability across the curriculum” mean to you/your school, and what would it mean, in your context, to “scale up”?
- What progress have you made so far in “scaling up” the impact of your programs?
- How do you assess your reach/impact? What are your goals (if any) for enhancing/expanding assessment?
- What barriers have you encountered and how have you addressed them?
- What are your ideas for leveraging administrative-level commitment to sustainability across the curriculum? How can we balance “top-down” and “bottom-up” engagement in ways that encourage all departments to participate?
- With limited resources, how can we offer “deep dive” opportunities for highly engaged students and faculty while also expanding our reach to advance sustainability concepts and competencies in every degree program?
- What allies have you identified and leaned on in your efforts?
Rebecca Watts Hull, Academic Professional/Service Learning & Partnerships Specialist, Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Rebecca Watts Hull is Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist for the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and Adjunct Academic Professional in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to create sustainable communities in collaboration with community, nonprofit, business, and academic partners. Dr. Watts Hull’s research and teaching encompasses environmental history and governance, sustainability, campus-based organizing and advocacy, and social movements. Rebecca also has extensive professional experience in environment and sustainability education/outreach, curriculum design, and advocacy.