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Curriculum Team

The Curriculum Team works to strengthen and expand campus-wide curricular opportunities. The team monitors and seeks to increase the number of academic opportunities in sustainability and maintains a "Sustainability Course Inventory." The team also coordinates an annual faculty workshop on "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" which will be held this coming May 12th and 13th. Participants of this workshop become part of the Faculty/Staff Sustainability Fellows Program for the following academic year. To apply for this workshop email Dr. David Whiteman at

The Curriculum Team maintains a data base of courses that are related to sustainability. Please click here to view the courses.

Faculty/Staff Sustainability Fellows Program

Faculty and staff attending the May workshop "Sustainability Across the Curriculum" become Faculty/Staff Sustainability Fellows for that academic year.

Sustainability Fellows are eligible for a Sustainable Carolina Curriculum Award of $300 (or more, depending on funds available). Curriculum Awards are designed to be an incentive for creating new courses, revising existing courses, or undertaking some other curriculum-related project.

Sustainable Carolina Curriculum Awards are competitive--up to five will be awarded annually. Proposals were accepted through November 5th and our winners will be announced on December 10th.

2014-2015 Faculty/Staff Sustainability Fellows

  • Caroline Eastman-Engineering
  • Jessica Elfenbein-History
  • Meredith Power-Social Work
  • Bob Heere-Sport and Entertainment Management
  • Claire Niedzwiedzki-English
  • Annette Hoover-Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management

Faculty/Staff Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

One way of the most successful methods to increase the sustainability offerings on campuses has been the integration of sustainability into existing courses. To facilitate this effort schools across the country have developed faculty workshops based on the Ponderosa Piedmont Projects. These faculty led programs work to overcome constraints by assisting faculty in integrating sustainability into their current and/or future courses. These workshops help faculty build connections, remain in control of their courses, identify new resources, and are supported by local sustainability efforts and networks. The next workshop will be held May 12th and 13th at the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures.
A study of one of the model programs indicated that the workshops led to:

  • 79% of departments had related courses
  • 40% participants actually developed more than one course
  • 64% added new module
  • Vast majority reported teaching methods changed
  • 62% research interests changed
  • 47% published new work in sustainability/environmental areas
  • 42% led to new presentations
  • 57% led to new interdisciplinary work
  • 58% new external funding

Sustainable Carolina hosts a faculty development workshop annually at the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in the workshop please click here to fill out an application. The date is set for May 12th and 13th. Last year’s workshop participants provided feedback that:

  • 92% of participants from the last workshop said they would recommend it to their colleagues
  • 90% stated they discovered new resources for integrating sustainability into their teaching/work
  • 92% stated they obtained new information for integrating sustainability into their teaching/work
  • 100% stated they met faculty members that were new to them for potential collaboration

In order to attend our next Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop and become a Faculty and Staff Sustainability Fellow, please apply online using this form.

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