Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program

What IS sustainability?  How do we define it in an academic context?  How is it relevant to your teaching? 

Did you know that Wesleyan’s Sustainability Action Plan calls for increasing the number of courses that include sustainability across all divisions?  The Wesleyan University Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) calls for an increase in the number of courses that incorporate sustainability as a learning objective.   

As recommended by the SAP, during the 2016-17 school year, there's a new multi-session Sustainability Across the Curriculum program through the financial assistance of the Wesleyan Green Fund and support of the Office of Faculty Career Development. This program is designed to expand faculty knowledge and skills related to teaching about sustainability and to make more courses including sustainability content available to students in all divisions.  

There are four components to this program; we welcome your participation in one or more parts.

Salon - "Redefining Sustainability"

Thursday, September 22, 2016
12-1 PM
Usdan 110

Facilitator Dr. John Farnsworth of Santa Clara University will lead a salon about defining sustainability.

Workshop - apply here

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
10 AM-4:30 PM
Allbritton 311

The all-day Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop will increase faculty awareness of sustainability in their courses across disciplines and will provide practical suggestions about how to increase student engagement and reinforce learning outcomes by adding a sustainability component.  This across-the-curriculum approach has proved to be an effective way to foster a culture of sustainability at dozens of colleges and universities.  Workshop facilitator Dr. John Farnsworth directs a similar program at Santa Clara University, where faculty from 45 academic departments participate and 25% of courses across the university now integrate a sustainability component.  Dr. Farnsworth will show you how to integrate sustainability into any course.

Seminar - apply here

Dates TBD depending on workshop participant availability

Following the workshop, Dr. Suzanne OConnell will lead a four-session seminar, in which faculty will read writings on sustainability education from experts in the field and have the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback as they develop their course modules.  At the end of the seminar, faculty participants will receive a stipend of $200.

Course Module Integration

Faculty participating in the workshop and/or seminar will be expected to teach their amended course in Spring 2017, Fall 2017, and/or Spring 2018, after which time they will receive a second stipend of $200-300.  The faculty cohort will reconvene after teaching their amended course to discuss their experience teaching the amended courses.  

What’s in it for me?

  • Collaborating on pedagogy with other faculty
  • Developing and expanding your own pedagogical tools
  • Creating a faculty community focused on sustainability
  • Stipends for seminar participation and course development

How to Apply

If you are interested in integrating sustainability into your courses but are not sure where to start, apply to attend the Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop and/or seminar by Thursday, October 13, 2016.  

If you have additional questions, please email Jen Kleindienst or Suzanne OConnell.