Applications Open for Sustainability in the Curriculum
 Workshop

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Academic Sustainability Programs, Director

Is this the year for you?

An invitation to the Summer 2019 Fall Line Project and Faculty Awards

“Green Curriculum, Green Campus, Green City”

Photo of Faculty on Forest ExerciseFaculty are invited to enhance your teaching and engagement with environmental and social issues by participating in the 9th year of the Fall Line Project, May 7-8, 2019. The Fall Line Project is modeled after a program that has drawn national attention for its innovative approach to curricular change, and it has been an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for Auburn faculty from diverse academic units across campus. To date, over 120 faculty from 30 departments on campus have participated in this workshop.

Skeptics, environmentalists, and those in between have found their various perspectives welcomed and enriched by the dialogue and the project activities.

Are you thinking about developing a new course or new modules in an existing course? How about incorporating environmental or social sustainability issues?

This workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability – broadly defined – into our classrooms. Though we start by taking a close look at Auburn and the larger Eastern Alabama region, we invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. Alumni from previous workshops will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.

Participants will receive an award of $500 upon successful completion of a new or revised syllabus, and will join in a fieldtrip and discussions that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines, and create new networks with fellow colleagues. For further information and examples of past syllabi, see the Fall Line Project workshop website.

Preference for participation will be given to instructors who plan to revise or develop a course that will be taught during the 2019-2020 academic year. The sustainability content of the revised course must be such that it is potentially eligible for inclusion as an elective for the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Photo of Faculty at WorkshopFall Line Project participants agree to:

(1) Read some materials prior to the workshop

(2) Participate in the 2-day workshop, May 7-8, 2019

(3) Prepare a revised or new course syllabus and submit it in August

(4) Report back to the group during follow-up in the 2019-2020 academic year

To apply, fill in the workshop application and send completed application forms to: Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs.

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Sustainability Course Offerings Spring 2019

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Academic Sustainability Programs, Director

More than 20 courses are being offered toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies during Spring Semester 2019, spread across 8 colleges on campus. Most of them can also be used as free electives, or even toward students’ majors. Academic Sustainability Programs has posted online a guide to sustainability electives that details the time each course is offered, who is teaching it, and which of the 3 major areas in sustainability are covered: Society & Markets (Economic Systems), Environment (Natural Systems), and/or Social Justice (Social Systems).

Also included in the pdf file is the pattern of course offerings over the past 3 years, to show which semesters each course typically tends to be offered. This information assists students in planning their long-range course schedules and when to count on take particular sustainability-related courses prior to graduation. 

Of particular interest is SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability Studies, which can be used as an option toward the Social Science Core. SUST 2000 enrolled >140 students this fall; early registration is advised for spring, as this course fills quickly.  

Faculty: If you are interested in joining the interdisciplinary team of instructors who co-teach SUST 2000 next year (as a paid course overload, or a buyout of your in-load teaching), let us know.  And if would like to have your course approved as a minor elective, please submit the application for course elective form on our website.

Students: if you find other courses on campus that are related to sustainability and which you would like to inform us about, please let us know. Also, if you would like to use other courses as electives toward the minor, we may be able to approve them as minor elective substitutes for you.

Special note: If you are completing the minor and plan to take SUST 5000 in the spring, you will need to contact us for permission to enroll in that course. Best to do that sooner than later, as we can enroll you before your official registration date. 

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Engineering College Offers Guest Lectures on Sustainability-Related Topics

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

For faculty who are preparing your spring classes, please note that there are engineering faculty members who are willing to give guest lectures on sustainability-related topics.  Also for students, if you are interested in hearing lectures about any of these topics, feel free to contact the appropriate professors in your classes, and suggest the idea to them. You can find a list of the offered topics on the College of Engineering website.

If you have any questions (or if you are faculty and would like to contribute a topic to the list), please contact:

Jeffrey W. Fergus, PhD, PE

Associate Dean for Program Assessment and Graduate Studies

Professor of Materials Engineering

Auburn University

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

1301 Shelby Center

Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: 334-844-3405

Email: ferguje@auburn.edu

 

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Faculty Invited to Apply for Paid Positions Co-Teaching Sustainability Courses

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Students in the Intro to Sustainability course learn about stormwater management from Jeff Dumars.

Academic Sustainability Programs invites applications from faculty members in all academic units, to co-teach in our interdisciplinary courses in sustainability during the 2018-19 academic year.

Each of our courses typically is co-taught by a team of 4 or more faculty members from diverse disciplines, with an effort to pair faculty with technical/scientific expertise, together with those having expertise in the social sciences/liberal arts. These courses are taken by students pursuing the Minor in Sustainability Studies, and they draw also non-minor students from all 9 undergraduate colleges across campus.

Academic Sustainability Programs will pay $4,000 (plus applicable benefits) per course, to each instructor’s department. Budget transfers will be made to the instructor’s department, which then can be used by the department to buy out part of the instructor’s regular teaching load, or to pay the instructor as additional compensation for teaching an overload. Instructors must obtain permission in advance to co-teach, from their department heads.

To view further information about these courses, and to submit an application, please peruse our webpages.

Applications are currently being reviewed to co-teach during the academic year 2018-19; the process will remain open until all positions are filled.

Contact for further information:

Dr. Nanette Chadwick

Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Office of Undergraduate Studies, Provost Office

chadwna@auburn.edu

844-8184

 

 

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Sustainability Courses in 8 Colleges Offered During Summer & Fall

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

A wide variety of courses are being offered this summer and fall semesters on sustainability topics on campus. They cover issues ranging from water and food, to energy production and materials consumption, ethics and culture.

As you prepare to register for classes this month, consider taking a sustainability-related course, even one outside of your major college. These types of courses show that you have been exposed to current interdisciplinary issues, and look good on your academic transcripts.

For a complete list of courses, see our updated spreadsheet posted online.  Our course spreadsheets also show the pattern of course offerings over the past 3 years in the Minor in Sustainability Studies, so that students who are planning about the minor can predict when courses will be offered again.

For faculty, consider applying for your course to be included as an elective toward the minor. This enhances your course enrollment and attracts students from outside your college. Complete the application form for consideration.

And don’t forget: we are offering a faculty workshop this summer, in which you can receive an award payment of $500 if you revise a current syllabus or create a new one with content related to sustainability. See our website for how to apply; a few spaces remain for our summer workshop, and we are still accepting applications.

Best wishes during the registration process for Fall!

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Application Deadline Extended for Faculty Sustainability Workshop

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Apply for the Summer 2017 Fall Line Project and Faculty Awards

“Green Curriculum, Green Campus, Green City”

Extended Application Deadline: February 28, 2017

Is this the year for you?

Photo of faculty taking a break at the sustainability workshop.
Faculty enjoying a social break during the Fall Line Project.

Faculty are invited to enhance your teaching and engagement with environmental and social issues by participating in the 8th year of the Fall Line Project, May 9-10, 2017. The Fall Line Project is modeled after a program that has drawn national attention for its innovative approach to curricular change, and it has been an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for Auburn faculty from diverse academic units across campus. To date, over 100 faculty from 30 departments on campus have participated in this workshop.

Skeptics, environmentalists, and those in between have found their various perspectives welcomed and enriched by the dialogue and the project activities.

Are you thinking about developing a new course or new modules in an existing course? How about incorporating environmental or social sustainability issues?

This workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability – broadly defined – into our classrooms. Though we start by taking a close look at Auburn and the larger Eastern Alabama region, we invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. Alumni from previous workshops will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.

Participants will receive an award of $500 upon successful completion of a new or revised syllabus, and will join in a fieldtrip and discussions that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines, and create new networks with fellow colleagues. For further information and examples of past syllabi, see the workshop website.

Preference for participation will be given to instructors who plan to revise or develop a course that will be taught during the 2017-18 academic year. The sustainability content of the revised course must be such that it is potentially eligible for inclusion as an elective for the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Fall Line Project participants agree to:

(1) Read some materials prior to the workshop

(2) Participate in the 2-day workshop, May 9-10, 2017

(3) Prepare a revised or new course syllabus and submit it in August

(4) Report back to the group during follow-up in the 2017-18 academic year

To apply, download the application form.

Please send completed application forms to:

Dr. Nanette Chadwick

Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

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Applications Open for 2017 Faculty Sustainability Workshop and Awards

Post Contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Is this the year for you?

An invitation to the Summer 2017 Fall Line Project and Faculty Awards

“Green Curriculum, Green Campus, Green City”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31 JANUARY 2017

Faculty participants in the 2015 Fall Line Sustainability Workshop
Faculty participants in the 2015 Fall Line Sustainability Workshop

Faculty are invited to enhance your teaching and engagement with environmental and social issues by participating in the 8th year of the Fall Line Project, May 9-10, 2017. The Fall Line Project is modeled after a program that has drawn national attention for its innovative approach to curricular change, and it has been an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for Auburn faculty from diverse academic units across campus. To date, over 100 faculty from 30 departments on campus have participated in this workshop.

Skeptics, environmentalists, and those in between have found their various perspectives welcomed and enriched by the dialogue and the project activities.

Are you thinking about developing a new course or new modules in an existing course? How about incorporating environmental or social sustainability issues?

This workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability – broadly defined – into our classrooms. Though we start by taking a close look at Auburn and the larger Eastern Alabama region, we invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. Alumni from previous workshops will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.

Participants will receive an award of $500 upon successful completion of a new or revised syllabus, and will join in a fieldtrip and discussions that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines, and create new networks with fellow colleagues. For further information and examples of past syllabi, see the workshop website.

Preference for participation will be given to instructors who plan to revise or develop a course that will be taught during the 2017-18 academic year. The sustainability content of the revised course must be such that it is potentially eligible for inclusion as an elective for the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Fall Line Project participants agree to:
(1) Read some materials prior to the workshop
(2) Participate in the 2-day workshop, May 9-10, 2017
(3) Prepare a revised or new course syllabus and submit it in August
(4) Report back to the group during follow-up in the 2017-18 academic year

To apply, submit the application form.

Please send completed application forms to:
Dr. Nanette Chadwick
Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

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Wide Selection of Sustainability Courses Offered in Fall 2016

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

photo of Students in the Intro to Sustainability course learn about stormwater management from Jeff Dumars.
Students in the Intro to Sustainability course learn about stormwater management from Jeff Dumars.

Academic Sustainability Programs has compiled a guide to all of the courses offered during the Fall 2016 semester, which relate to the Minor in Sustainability Studies. This course document also shows the pattern of course offerings over the past 3 years, for all electives and required classes in the minor, to help students plan about when our courses usually are offered (spring, summer, and/or fall each year). Included in the file are courses that have been accepted as substitutes for minor electives in the past.

For students who are not pursuing the minor, this list is also a valuable guide to the wide variety of classes on campus that relate to aspects of sustainability, which they can take as general electives or even as part of their majors.

If faculty are interested in adding your course to this list, please contact Dr. Chadwick to initiate the process. We send this course list to the sustainability student email list each semester, so it’s a great way to publicize your course and let students know what you are offering.

Our minor website also highlights new and upcoming special courses (such as study abroad) that relate to sustainability. We are happy to post flyers and information about your courses on our site.

Both the Fall 2016 course list, and special announcements about upcoming courses, can be found on the Minor in Sustainability Studies website.

Also this Fall, for the first time we are offering 2 sections of SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability, to accommodate the growing number of students who are taking this course to fulfill their core Social Studies requirement, as well as for the minor or as a general elective.

Best wishes to students as you register for Fall semester!

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Join the War Eagle Bike Share Today! Here’s How…

Post contributed by Don Andre, Manager of Parking Services

Photo of Bike Share BikesWe are pleased to announce that the War Eagle Bike Share program is now available.  You can go to your app store/market place on your smart phone or visit au.gotchabike.com  and join the program to start using the bicycles.

  • Go to your app store/market place and search for “Social Bicycles”.
  • When installing, you will need to agree to allow the app to access your location and send notifications.
  • Once in the app, and when prompted after the instructions, select “Register” and then select “War Eagle Bike Share” network.
  • You must enter payment information in case you exceed the free two-hour rental period.
  • Keep in mind the PIN code you select when registering will be your PIN for accessing bicycles at the hub locations.
  • To activate your registration, you must confirm via the link in the email you will receive from socialbicycles.com.
  • Once your registration is activated, you’re ready to ride!

To use a bike without making a reservation in advance, go to a War Eagle Bike Share hub and enter your account number and PIN code.  The bike will unlock – remove the yellow U-bar and place it in the holster rings on the left side of the bike while riding.

To reserve a bike, go to the Social Bicycles app on your smart phone or visit au.gotchabike.com. Select a bike from the map that you would like to reserve.  After clicking or tapping on the bike, press the “CONFIRM” button.   A screen will pop up informing you which bicycle you have reserved and give you the opportunity to cancel the reservation.  You can then go to the War Eagle hub location, find the bicycle you reserved and enter your PIN code to unlock the U-bar.

Photo of Bike Key PadIf a rider would like to make a quick stop, they can press the “HOLD” button on the keypad interface and lock the bike to a nearby rack to temporarily pause the rental. Any maintenance issues encountered can also be reported directly on the keypad.

When your ride is complete, you must return the bicycle to any War Eagle Bike Share hub to end the ride and not be charged additional fees.  Be sure to lock the bike securely to the bicycle rack by securing the U-bar around the rack and insert into the designated holes at the rear of the bike.  If there is not any space in the hub to return the bike, you may lock the bicycle to any bike rack near the hub and contact our office through email or by calling (334) 844-4143 to let us know where the bicycle is located.

The bike share information/instructions are also available in the app by selecting the “Support” option.

Thanks!  Enjoy your ride, follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet.

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Faculty from Over 20 Departments Attend Annual Faculty Sustainability Mixer

Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

Photo of Academic Sustainability Table Card: Teaching, Learning, Research, Faculty DevelopmentAcademic Sustainability Programs hosted the annual Faculty Sustainability Mixer on January 27, at Acre Restaurant, a farm-to-table venue within walking distance from campus. A mix of over 30 new and veteran faculty members attended, from a diverse group of 21 departments dispersed among 10 Colleges or related academic units on campus. The mixer provided an opportunity for faculty who are interested or active in teaching and scholarship about sustainability, to interact in an informal setting, and make connections among disciplines. Ideas for new courses were discussed, to connect environmental and social issues, and names were collected for participation in the next biennial Sustainability in the Curriculum workshop set for May 2017. Professors also discussed the interests and backgrounds of students in their sustainability-focussed courses, as well as how to incorporate new cross-disciplinary issues and speakers in their teaching programs. Participants signed up to receive the campus-wide monthly Sustainability Digest produced by the Office of Sustainability.

If you are a faculty member who is interested in information about our awards and workshop programs for faculty to enhance the sustainability content of your teaching or research, if you would like to advertise your course to our email list of sustainability students, etc., please feel free to contact Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Director of Academic Sustainability Programs

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