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Sustainable Neighborhoods Faculty Curriculum Workshop

Our first Sustainable Neighborhoods workshop was a success! Read about the workshop here, and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on future opportunities for faculty.


What is this faculty workshop? 

Portland State University is increasingly recognized for its leadership in sustainability teaching, research, student action, and community engagement. To support more powerful connections across these areas, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions is sponsoring a one-day Sustainable Neighborhoods Faculty Curriculum Workshop on June 28, 2013. 

This workshop will focus on sharing strategies to integrate sustainability-related content, assignments, and community-based projects into classes, with a specific emphasis on ways that PSU can better support local neighborhoods in advancing their sustainability goals.

Learn more about the workshop content here (pdf). 

Is funding available for participants? 

This workshop offers faculty two opportunities to access professional development funds. First, participants who complete the one-day workshop will be awarded $500 in professional development funds. Second, participants who incorporate sustainability content and campus- or community-based sustainability assignments/projects into a course will be awarded an additional $500 in professional development funds for a course syllabus submitted to ISS by 5 p.m. on September 16, 2013. 

Faculty submitting syllabi to ISS automatically consent to have their materials displayed online to be used as resources for others interested in designing and teaching sustainability courses. Faculty submitting syllabi will also be strongly encouraged to present at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference, which will be held in Portland, Oregon in October 2014.

Spending guidelines for professional development funds can be found here (pdf).

How will participants be selected?

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions seeks a diverse cohort of faculty from departments across the University to participate in the Sustainable Neighborhoods Faculty Curriculum Workshop. Applications will be evaluated with the intention of forming a cross-university group of faculty representing a variety perspectives and experience levels with sustainability. All applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in connecting course curriculum to sustainability and community-based learning.

What’s next? 

  • March 11: Applications due by 5 p.m. 
  • March 22: Participants notified of acceptance status. 
  • May 31: Workshop agenda shared with participants. 
  • June 28: Day of workshop. Attendees dispersed first round of professional development funds.
  • September 16: Participants must submit enhanced syllabi to the Institute for Sustainable Solutions by 5 p.m. to be eligible for the second round of professional development funds.