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Sustainability Education Fellows

Sustainability Education Fellows

Are you interested in integrating sustainability into one of your courses, or developing a new sustainability course? Have you wanted to learn more about how to bring sustainability into your field of expertise and your classroom? 

The Sustainability Education Fellows Program is a cross-campus initiative, supported by the Sustainability Projects Fund, that will bring together faculty and students to advance sustainability in the curriculum and pedagogy at McGill.

Both faculty and students will be engaged through a year-long cohort; the Faculty Fellows will be current instructors that will design or revise a course to include sustainability at its core, and the Student Fellows will be trained on sustainability pedagogies and will be available to the Faculty Fellows to aid them in their course (re)design. 

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are instructors at McGill from across disciplines who commit to (re)designing a course to infuse sustainability principles into the curriculum, pedagogical practices, and assessment approaches. Throughout the year, Fellows will learn how to connect sustainability principles to their own disciplines and courses.

A stipend of $8,000 will be available to each Fellow to assist in the revision process, which could be applied towards hiring a graduate assistant, creating an instructional tool, or other expenses associated with the work. 

Student Fellows

Student Fellows are graduate students that will be trained about sustainability pedagogies and how to rethink a course using a sustainability lens. The Student Fellows may be paired with a Faculty Fellow and would be paid to assist in the (re)design of their course.

The Student Fellows program is hosted in partnership with the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI) Graduate & Postdoc Sustainability Research Collective.

 

 

How to Apply

Applications for the program will be accepted until Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 11:59 P.M.

  1. Submit an application for the Faculty Fellows or Student Fellows stream.
  2. Faculty: Acquire written approval of their Academic Unit Head.
    Students: Already be or apply to become a member of the MSSI Collective
  3. Optional: Interview with the project coordinators at the discretion of the Sustainability Education Fellows team. 

 Applicants will receive notification if they are accepted by Oct. 28, 222. For any questions on either application, please jessica.latus [at] mcgill.ca (contact Jessica Latus)


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the program expectations for Faculty Fellows?

Over the course of one academic year, Faculty are expected to modify at least one syllabus to include sustainability content or develop a new sustainability course. After a series of professional development opportunities for sustainability, Fellows are expected to submit revised/updated course and/or program information to the coordinators of the Sustainability Education Fellows by the end of the spring 2023 semester. 2022-23 Fellows will present their innovations to their cohort and the next cohort in September of 2023. Additionally, any new materials created for this fellowship, such as a lab manual, or other materials shared with students, will be released under an open license via the Teaching & Learning Knowledge Base.

Participants in the Sustainability Faculty Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend the 5 breakfast meetings over the course of the year
  • Attend the 2-day December Retreat on December 13 & 15, 2022
  • Produce a new or revised course design as evidenced by a course syllabus and blueprint that must be submitted prior to the start of the course.
  • Set and enact a meaningful course evaluation plan for selected elements of the course
  • Create a reflective piece, written or otherwise, related to the course and will share it with the McGill teaching and learning community.
  • Present plans for integrating sustainability into a current or future course or program in September of 2023.

What are the program expectations for Student Fellows?

Membership with the MSSI Collective is required for participation as a Student Fellow. Should you be paired with a Faculty Fellow, please ensure you have the capacity to commit to approximately 8 hours/week (paid) dedicated to course redesign from December 2022 – May 2023.

What are the Student Fellow learning outcomes?

  1. Explain how sustainability shapes a course. 
  2. Deepen your worldview of sustainability and how it shapes your professional practice. 
  3. Identify leverage points for changing a course. 
  4. Generate sustainability learning outcomes for a course. 
  5. Select pedagogical practices that build bridges between a discipline and sustainability. 
  6. Integrate holistic and enriching forms of assessment. 
  7. Apply the above learning in designing a sustainability-inclusive or sustainability-focused course. 

What are the Faculty Fellow learning outcomes?

  1. Explain how sustainability shapes the topic of your course. 
  2. Deepen your worldview of sustainability and how it shapes your professional practice. 
  3. Identify leverage points for changing your course. 
  4. Generate sustainability learning outcomes for your course. 
  5. Select pedagogical practices that build bridges between your discipline and sustainability. 
  6. Integrate holistic and enriching forms of assessment. 
  7. Apply the above learning in designing a sustainability-inclusive or sustainability-focused course. 

What are important program dates?

The cornerstone of the fellowship will be a 2-day retreat on December 13 & 15, 2022 when all Fellows will participate in an immersive training program led by their colleagues. During the retreat, Fellows will have the opportunity to learn sustainability principles and techniques for bringing those fundamentals to their own disciplines and classes as well as build community. Attendance at this 2-day retreat is required. If you cannot attend the December retreat, please wait until next year to apply to the program. 

Event Date Time

Sustainability Education Fellows Kickoff Meeting (Faculty & Students) 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 

9am - 10:15am  

Student Retreat Day 1 
(Students Only) 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 

10:30am - 12pm  

Student Retreat Day 2 
(Students Only) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 

9:30 am - 12pm  

Faculty Retreat Day 1     
(Faculty & Students) 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022    

9:30am - 3:30pm 

Faculty Retreat Day 2    
(Faculty & Students) 

Thursday, December 15, 2022   

9:30am - 3:30pm 

Breakfast Meeting 2 
(Faculty required, students optional) 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

9am - 10:15am  

Breakfast Meeting 3  
(Faculty required, students optional) 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

9am - 10:15am  

Breakfast Meeting 4  
(Faculty required, students optional)   

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

9am - 10:15am  

Breakfast Meeting 5    
(Faculty required, students optional) 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

9am - 10:15am  

Syllabus due 

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 

*All meetings will be held in person, and some will have a virtual option available, however the retreats will be in-person only. Please let us know in your application if accessing the McGill Downtown campus will be difficult for you this academic year, and we’ll see what accommodations we can provide.  

Who manages the Sustainability Education Fellows Program?

The 2022-23 Sustainability Education Fellows Program Coordinating Committee is:

  • Christopher Buddle, Associate Provost (Teaching & Academic Programs), Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) 
  • Laura Winer, Director, Teaching & Learning Services 
  • Blane Harvey, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education 
  • Stephanie Leite, PhD Student, Department of Integrated Studies in Education 
  • Allison Gonsalves, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education 
  • Larissa Jarvis, Research Associate, McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative 
  • Marcy Slapcoff, Director, Office of Science Education 
  • Charlene Lewis-Sutherland, Senior Advisory, Equity and Anti-Racism, Teaching & Learning Services 
  • Jessica Latus, Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability  
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