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The application window is open from April 22, 2016 to May 16, 2016.


Application form HERE:


Proposals will be reviewed by a librarian, a faculty member, the Campus Sustainability Manager and a representative from TEFD.


Successful applicants will be notified of fellow selection by May 27, 2016.

Library component

The SCF application includes a question on integrating library resources and services into your course.

Examples might include: invite a librarian to class to teach research strategies and tools, bring your class to Special Collections and University Archives, build a course assignment around a licensed library database or subject guide, or enhance your pedagogy with the Information Literacy Framework. These are only suggestions; other approaches most welcome.

Current Fellows

Cohort 2016-2017

Toby Applegate ­
GEO 102: The Human Landscape

Alison Bates ­   
Environmental Conservation
NRC490S Sustainable Systems: Evaluating Local Solutions

Sarah Berquist ­  
STOCKSCH 100 Botany for Gardeners 

Boone Sheare ­   
Fall: STOCKSCH 198R Real Food Practicum
Spring: ANTHRO Developing course on sustainable development discourse, politics, potential

Lorraine Cordeiro ­
NUTR 578: Nutritional Issues in Developing Countries

Krystal Pollitt ­   
Environmental Health Sciences
PUBHLTH397BH: Air Pollution and Health

Amilcar Shabazz ­
African American Studies
AFROAM 222  Black Church In America

Razvan Sibii ­    
w/ Heath Hatch 
Cross-listed, experimental course on Water

Margaret Vickery ­
ARCH 370, Jr Year Writing and FFYS 197Arch, Art of Infrastructure

Planning Team – see reverse

SCF Planning Team

Ezra Small, Facilities
Mark Hamin, LARP
Darci Maresco, School of Earth & Sustainability
Mei Shih, Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development
Madeleine Charney, Libraries

About the Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program. It was established in 2013 (as the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative) to enable UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability.The SCF is supported by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, UMass Amherst Libraries, the Campus Sustainability Manager, Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), and sustainability-engaged faculty. Over the past three years, 30 faculty members from across 18 disciplines have participated in the SCF, including: Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Environmental Conservation, Isenberg School of Management, Journalism, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Resource Economics and others. Past fellows can be seen here:

Up to 10 faculty members will be selected to join the SCF fellows program.  Fellows receive a $1,000 professional development grant along with a range of support services for a sustainability course.  SCF Fellows attend monthly forums to discuss  pedagogy, course redesign, and learn about library and campus sustainability resources. SCF Fellows will also share best practices through teaching demonstrations, a Moodle forum and participating in occasional sustainability site visits on campus.


Full and part-time faculty, including instructors who plan to teach a sustainability-related course either fall 2016 or spring 2017. Applicants must demonstrate interest in, and commitment to sustainability and active, student-centered learning.


The SCF provides the following incentives:

  • A $1,000 grant to support professional development efforts related to re-designing an existing course to add/augment sustainability and active, student-centered learning

  • Access to one-on-one and group consultation

  • Access to campus partners’ resources


  • Attend monthly 2-hour meetings that will be held on Fridays, 12:30-2:30 (with some flexibility possible). Participants must attend at least 80% of meetings to receive a full stipend. Half of the stipend will be deposited into the faculty member’s professional development fund in September; the other half will be deposited once the 80% attendance mark is met.

  • Revise a course syllabus or curriculum to include/augment sustainability topics and library resources.

  • Present a brief teaching demonstration to the group

  • Participate in online discussions in Moodle Forum

  • Deposit a lesson, unit, or course resource in the SCF repository

  • Complete a feedback form at the end of the year


  • Clarity of goals, design and implementation

  • Potential impact of project outcomes on sustainability curriculum and student learning

  • Potential to apply to future courses

Questions: Madeleine Charney or 577-0784

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