The Sustainability Faculty Scholars program identifies, supports, and recognizes faculty who are interested in incorporating or enhancing a focus on sustainable principles and practices in their courses, and exploring a range of pedagogies to develop this theme. We encourage applicants to consider sustainability broadly. Focus may fall under any of the “three pillars” of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability.

Participants are selected through an application process. There are generally eight faculty in each cohort. Each participant identifies a course that he, she, or they would like to create or modify to include a sustainability component. Through the scholars program, the faculty member is provided with support for course development, including relevant sustainability resources and pedagogies. Ideally, the new or revised course is taught the following academic year. Applicants must be full-time, permanent faculty members. Faculty selected to participate will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of program requirements.

Faculty selected to be part of the seminar will learn together from:

• A series of workshops that focus on sustainability, relevant pedagogies and syllabus design, including presentations from returning scholars
• A full day field trip to local sites of interest
• A summer book club discussion/lunch, to be held with present and past Scholars
• Access to a moodle site with syllabi, teaching materials and other relevant resources

Applications will be due in Oct 2020

Sustainability Scholars Application Form 2019

The program was developed by Janet MacFall, Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology and Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies; Michael Strickland, Lecturer in Environmental Studies and English; Pam Kiser, Watts/Thompson Professor, Professor of Human Service Studies and Distinguished University Professor; and Peter Felten, Assistant Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning.

The program has had participants from diverse disciplines including art, biology, business administration, business law, communications, computing sciences, engineering, English, exercise science, geography, health and human performance, history, leisure and sports management, physics and sociology. Here are a few examples of faculty and their courses that have integrated sustainability.

Contact Samantha DiRosa, Faculty Fellow for Sustainability and Associate Professor of Art and Environmental Studies, with any questions.

Faculty members doing sustainability-related work, Sustainability Scholars and otherwise, may be able to identify funding sources on the Faculty Funding site.


Current Scholars


Past Scholars













2012 -2013