Academic Sustainability Program


Alana Jacobson, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Alecia Douglas, Hospitality Management

Allison Vandenberg, Women’s and Gender Studies

Binita Mahato, Political Science

Brigitta Brunner-Johnson, Communication and Journalism

Ernest L. Gibson III, English

Gheni Platenburg, Communication and Journalism

Jamie Worms, Geosciences

Joan R. Harrell, Communication and Journalism

Jon Davis, Biosystems Engineering

Linda Gibson-Young , School of Nursing

Stephanie Rogers, Geosciences

Tal Peretz, Sociology & Women’s and Gender Studies

Taneshia W. Albert, Consumer and Design Sciences

Tao Ya-Xioung, Physiology

The Academic Sustainability Program’s 2021 Fall Line Course (Re)Design Workshop was held May 3-7 in the Kreher Forest and Nature Preserve. Participants were a disciplinarily diverse group of fifteen participants, representing twelve departments and seven colleges from across the university. Their planned courses include a wide range of sustainability-related issues as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from masculinity, race, and place to local environmental hazards. When completed, these courses will qualify as electives in the Sustainability Studies Minor, a designation that will assist faculty in attracting an eager audience of engaged and motivated students.

Facilitators from the Academic Sustainability Program and the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning worked with participants to develop meaningful course objectives, craft innovative assignments, and explore ways to incorporate multiple aspects of sustainability into their work. Topics included “backwards course design,” systems thinking, interdisciplinary teaching, support services and campus resources, and opportunities for service and experiential learning.


Last modified: May 20, 2021