A summer faculty development program to infuse sustainability across the curriculum.
Modeled off the Piedmont Project at Emory University and the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University, our Faculty Fellows program is an important part of Behrend's commitment to transforming our academic culture toward sustainability.
Structure of the Program
Starting in AY 2023-2024, faculty from across the college are accepted into a four-part program that offers multi-disciplinary brainstorming around sustainability issues, experiential learning about place, and pedagogical exercises designed to help faculty develop new courses or new course modules for existing courses. Participants commit to:
- Attend a two-day workshop in May;
- Develop a syllabus for a new course or a course module that incorporates sustainability into an existing course;
- Participate in a fieldtrip and discussion session at the end of the summer to share their experiences; and
- Attend a meeting in March to report on experiences and intellectual process.
Funding for the program is generously supported by the Black School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Science, the Office of Sustainability, and Penn State's Office of Sustainability, with support from the Center for Teaching Initiatives.
Applications are solicited in December and due in January of each year. Selected participants are notified in February to ensure advanced scheduling of all program obligations.
Check back for revised syllabi.