By Sarah Hamilton.
All Auburn University faculty are invited to apply to the Academic Sustainability Program’s 2021 Fall Line Course (Re)Design Workshop, to be held May 3-7. Facilitators from the Sustainability Program and the Biggio Center for Teaching and Learning will work closely with a small group of participants to develop undergraduate-level classes that focus on themes of racial, social, and/or environmental justice. These courses will qualify as electives in the Sustainability Studies Minor, a designation that will assist faculty in attracting an eager audience of engaged and motivated students.
Appropriate course topics include the full range of sustainability-related issues as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Faculty interested in teaching on subjects of poverty, hunger, health, gender, racial equity, community resilience, peace and justice, strong institutions, and public-private partnerships are particularly encouraged to apply.
Facilitators will provide resources and guidance to help you think through the goals of your course and how to convey that information to students. You will learn about existing campus resources, review sample syllabi and course outlines, hear from students about their experiences, and think about how to incorporate service-learning and experiential-learning components into your classroom.
Participants will receive an award of $1000 for successful completion of the program. In order to receive the full award, participants must teach their course within two years; accordingly, a department chair’s or head’s approval will be required for all successful applicants. Preference for participation will be given to instructors who plan to revise or develop a course that will be taught during the 2021-2022 academic year, and to those affiliated with departments or colleges that are underrepresented in the Sustainability Studies minor.
Post Contributed by Sarah Hamilton, Director of Academic Sustainability Program.