|Submission Date||July 25, 2017|
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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Goodrich C. White Professor
Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):
In 2001, Emory faculty launched a summer faculty development program to infuse sustainability and environmental issues across the curriculum. Called the Piedmont Project, it was modeled after the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University. It later expanded to include a parallel program for graduate students. Each summer, up to 20 faculty applicants from all units and departments of the university are accepted for 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 attend a two-day workshop, develop a syllabus for a new course or a course module that incorporates sustainability or environmental issues appropriate to their field, and participate in a field trip and discussion session at the end of the summer to share their experiences. Participants receive a modest stipend upon the review of their syllabus. Additional meetings, lectures, and lunch discussions allow faculty report on their experiences and intellectual process. Nearly 200 faculty have now participated in the 14 years of the Piedmont Project.
A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
Each program participant receives a $1,000 stipend, workshop assistance, and any needed consultation to develop a new syllabus or new course module related to sustainability. Participants also attend an follow-up field trip and lunch where they share results of their summer work, and a follow-up dinner a year later to discuss continuing growth in understandings about sustainability.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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