Sustainability Faculty Fellowship

2024-2026

Introducing the four USask faculty members who have been chosen for the 2024-2026 Sustainability Faculty Fellowship

Andrew Ireson - School of Environment and Sustainability 
Norman Sheehan - Edwards School of Business (Accounting)
Reisha Peters - College of Engineering (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Scott Bell - College of Arts and Science (Geography & Planning)
 

This group will support their academic units to adopt broader change in the domain of Learning for Sustainability (LfS) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support the advancement of the  Critical Path to Sustainability Strategic Plan

 

The Sustainability Fellowship follows a two-year model

In Year 1, Fellows will: 

  • meet several times as a group to learn how to integrate sustainability into their courses, 
  • integrate sustainability into at least one of their courses being taught in either the Fall or Winter terms of the 2024-2025 academic year, and 
  • share the lessons they learn from the changes to their courses. 

In Year 2, Fellows will: 

  • meet as a group to learn how to support colleagues within their units to integrate sustainability into their courses, 
  • support colleagues within their units to integrate sustainability into their courses, and 
  • share ideas and lessons learned from this supporting this change within their units.

Outcomes of the Fellowship

1. Align Learning Outcomes, Assessment Activities, and Teaching Strategies: 
  • Align course learning outcomes, assessment methods, and teaching strategies to promote sustainability and the SDGs.
  • Ensure that course design reflects a coherent and intentional approach to fostering sustainability values, skills, and knowledge. 
2. Justify Disciplinary Contribution to Sustainability and the SDGs: 
  • Articulate how one’s discipline contributes to addressing sustainability challenges and advancing the SDGs. 
  • Provide evidence of disciplinary relevance and impact within the context of sustainability education. 
3. Model and Encourage Perspective Taking: 
  • Model perspective-taking by engaging with diverse viewpoints on sustainability issues.
  • Encourage students and colleagues to consider multiple perspectives when addressing sustainability challenges. 
4. Promote Effective Technology Use for Sustainability: 
  • Model effective use of technologies for exchanging ideas, facts, and perspectives related to sustainability.
  • Encourage students and peers to select appropriate technologies that enhance sustainability learning and collaboration. 
5. Collaborate Across Groups and Sectors: 
  • Collaborate with diverse groups (e.g., community organizations, industry partners, other disciplines) to explore sustainable approaches.
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration to address complex sustainability problems. 
6. Integrate Adaptive Design and Systems Thinking: 
  • Design learning activities that engage students in adaptive problem-solving and systems thinking related to sustainability.
  • Encourage students to analyze interconnected systems and adapt their approaches based on feedback and changing contexts. 
7. Create Opportunities for Reflection and Action: 
  • Design opportunities for students to reflect on sustainability issues, share insights, and take action.
  • Consider the impacts of sustainability actions on the 5Ps (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnerships) and personal resilience. 
8. Support Colleagues in Sustainable Course Design: 
  • Assist colleagues in integrating sustainability principles into their course designs.
  • Share techniques for effective course design that incorporates sustainability content and pedagogy. 
9. Engage in Facilitation and Change Management: 
  • Develop facilitation skills to guide discussions and workshops related to sustainability.
  • Create action plans for promoting sustainable practices within academic units. 
10. Effect Positive Change through Leadership: 
  • Work with academic leadership to effect positive change in teaching and learning.
  • Facilitate faculty or departmental meetings to promote sustainability and align with programmatic goals.

 

To support this work these Sustainability Fellows will each receive funding of $3500 per year, for two years. 
 
Want to learn more about Fellowships?  Read about the successes of the 2022-2024 Sustainability Faculty Fellowship.