Institute Offering Seed Funding for Sustainability Course Development

Institute Offering Seed Funding for Sustainability Course Development

For the fourth year running, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is providing seed funding to faculty and instructors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who wish to incorporate sustainability into the classroom.

The 2022 Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellowship provides funding to integrate sustainability components into an existing course ($1,000) or to develop an entirely new course with a sustainability focus ($2,000). The new or revamped courses would be taught during the 2022-23 academic year. To maximize the number of students reached, iSEE especially encourages applications from instructors teaching courses at the 100 and 200 level.

In addition to the stipend, members of the 2022 Cohort will receive access to iSEE’s multipronged program, including: a Teaching Sustainability Retreat early in Spring 2022; and access to a network of U of I instructors experienced in syllabus and curriculum development in the sustainability domain. During the Retreat, current and prior fellows will describe their experiences teaching and assessing sustainability-related themes.

“This funding allows teachers from across our campus to blend sustainability and environmental themes with virtually any subject matter,” said Luis Rodríguez, iSEE Associate Director for Education and Outreach. “As we incorporate this mindfulness into more of our university’s curriculum, it helps us shape the next generation of sustainability leaders and practitioners at work and home.”

The deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 2022; applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 1. This program was funded by a generous gift from Stuart J. and Nancy L. Levenick.

Visit the Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellows webpage for a program overview and application information >>>

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