Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program

Program Overview

What IS sustainability?  How do we define it in an academic context?  How is it relevant to your teaching? Wesleyan's Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) calls for an increase in the number of courses that incorporate sustainability as a learning objective, and the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program is one way we're moving toward that goal.   

During the 2016-17 school year, Wesleyan organized the first Sustainability Across the Curriculum program through the financial assistance of the Wesleyan Green Fund. This program expanded faculty knowledge and skills related to teaching about sustainability and is making courses including sustainability content available to students in all divisions.  A full-day workshop for 11 faculty was held in October 2016, followed by a four-session seminar with the same cohort in November 2016.  In Spring 2017, 5 faculty taught their newly amended courses; 1 faculty will teach in Fall 2017, and 2 in Fall 2018.  The Sustainability Office is currently leading program evaluation for the 2016-17 Program.  

In 2017-18, the Sustainability Office and Center for Pedagogical Innovation, with support from the College of the Environment, Wesleyan Green Fund, and Academic Affairs, are in the midst of year two of Sustainability Across the Curriculum.  A workshop took place on January 23, 2018 and will be followed by a 4-session seminar series in Spring 2018.  Faculty participating in the program are expected to integrate sustainability into an existing course.

Program Details

Workshop (January 23, 2018, 9 AM - 2:30 PM)

The all-day Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop is designed to increase faculty awareness of sustainability in their courses across disciplines and 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.  

Seminar (4 sessions on Tuesdays 1:30-2:30, February-April 2018)

Following the workshop, a four-session seminar allows faculty the opportunity to delve deeper into sustainability education and have the opportunity to give and receive peer feedback as they amend one or more existing courses to include sustainability.  

Course Module Integration (2018-19 academic year)

Faculty participating in the workshop and/or seminar are expected to teach their amended course within one academic year of taking part in the program.  The faculty cohort will reconvene after teaching their amended course to discuss their experiences.  

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
  • $500 stipends for research and course development

If you have additional questions, please email Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director or Suzanne OConnell, Prof. of Earth and Environmental Sciences.