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$6000 Sustainability Course Development Awards - Three Awards Available

Funded by the Green Fee

About the Awards

In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the Center for the Core Curriculum is pleased to announce an open competition for course development funds to create three new courses that investigate sustainability issues as they intersect with one or more flag areas (Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Ethics and Leadership, Global Cultures, Cultural Diversity in the US, and Independent Inquiry).

Sustainability is commonly understood to require a balanced pursuit of ecological health, social equity, and economic welfare. The pursuit of sustainability is grounded in an ethical commitment to the well-being of not only current populations, but also future generations. The concept of sustainability is broadly applicable to courses across the curriculum including topics such as environmental ethics, climate science, resource management, energy efficiency and technology, transportation and planning, as well as courses that speak to the history and philosophy of environmentalism, economic development, social justice, communication and psychology.

To see a list of sustainability courses, please visit the Sustainability Directory.


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Submission Guidelines

Applications may come from any academic unit on campus. All interested applicants should complete the course development award application and submit it electronically to Jess Miner, Curriculum Specialist for Academic Initiatives in the Center for the Core Curriculum. The application deadline is January 27, 2014.


The proposed new course must:

  • Be a course that has never been previously taught.
  • Incorporate sustainability as a distinct and significant course component/module OR concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue throughout the course.
  • Integrate the sustainability component with one or more flags (Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Ethics and Leadership, Global Cultures, Cultural Diversity in the US, Independent Inquiry).
  • Be offered at least three times beginning with either the Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 semester. Preference will be given to courses that are designed to be a regular part of the department’s course offerings.

Award Structure

For each award, $5000 will be given to the selected instructor to support costs associated with new course development (i.e. travel, books, research expenses, etc.); the remaining $1000 will be given to the chosen instructor’s home department.

Please note that funding will not be disbursed until the selected course receives approval from the home department and the appropriate flag committee(s).

Review committee

Course development proposals will be evaluated by the Sustainability Course Development and appropriate flag committees on the basis of merit and feasibility. The committee will prioritize proposals for courses that:

  • demonstrate disciplinary innovation;
  • feature inquiry-based learning activities;
  • embrace ethical complexities;
  • encourage strategic planning and action;
  • foster the development of interpersonal skills.