Since 2012, we have invited Wake Forest faculty to enhance teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the annual Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome. This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise.
The workshop explores how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.
The Magnolia Project kicks off with a two-day workshop each May that offers opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They reconvene in early August to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus.
|Lisa Blee||History||American Environmental Thought||2012|
|Sarah Mason||Math||Counting on Sustainable Energy: Does it Add Up?||2012|
|Stavaroula Glezakos||Philosophy||Metaphysics and Movies||2012|
|Jack Dostal||Physics||Power and the U.S. Electrical Grid||2013|
|Lisa Kiang||Psychology||A Sociocultural Approach to Self & Identity Development||2013|
|John Oksanish||Classical Languages||STEM – Societies in Greco-Roman Antiquity||2014|
|Ann Cunningham||Education||Globalization, Education, and Technology||2015|
|Sarah Fick||Education||Schools & Schooling: Understanding Our Varied Experiences||2016|
|Elizabeth Clendinning||Music||Paradise Created? Bali and the Touristic Imagination||2017|
|Thomas Frank||History||Studies in Historic Preservation||2012|
|Lucas Johnston||Religion||Environmental Issues||2012|
|Judith Madera||English||Environmental Literature||2012|
|Monique O’Connell||History||Medieval World Civilizations||2012|
|T.H.M. Gellar-Goad||Classics||Greek and Roman Comedy||2013|
|Eric Stottlemyer||Writing||Environmental Sustainability in an Age of Mass Distraction||2013|
|Ron Von Burg||Communications||Humanity and Nature||2013|
|Erin Branch||English||Academic Research and Writing||2014|
|David Finn||Art||Design Studio: Ethics and Aesthetics||2014|
|Christina Soriano||Dance||Dance Composition||2014|
|D. Stokes Piercy||Communications||Advanced Media Production||2014|
|Nicholas Albertson||East Asian Languages||Contemporary Japanese Culture: From Postwar to Postmodern||2015|
|Jimmy Butts||Writing||Ecologies and Technologies of Reading and Writing||2015|
|Ben Coates||History||The United States and the World, 1763-1914||2015|
|Justin Green||Communications||Advocacy and Debate||2015|
|Robert Hellyer||History||World Economic History: Globalization, Wealth and Poverty since 1500||2015|
|Julia Scarborough||Classics||Seminar in Classical Studies: Ancient Pastoral and it’s Reception||2015|
|Alessandra Von Burg||Communications||Practices of Citizenship||2015|
|Qiaona Yu||East Asian Languages and Cultures||Fourth-Year Chinese||2017|
|Rowie Kirby-Straker||Communications||Public Speaking||2017|
|A.Z. Obiedat||Middle East and South Asia Studies||The West Versus the Rest: Challenges of Modernity||2017|
|Meredith Farmer||English||Environmental Destruction an Introduction to the Environmental Humanities||2017|
|Ivan Weiss||Journalism||The Art of Audio||2018|
|Norm Fraley||Sustainability Graduate Programs||Natural Science of Sustainability||2019|
|Steven Folmar||Anthropology||Medical Anthropology||2012|
|Robert Whaples||Economics||Natural Resource Economics||2012|
|Donal Mulcahy||Education||Teaching Elementary Social Studies||2013|
|Amanda Gengler||Sociology||Principles of Sociology||2014|
|Andrew Gurstelle||Anthropology||Introduction to Museum Studies||2016|
|Eranda Jayawickreme||Psychology||Positive Psychology||2016|
|Andrius Galisanka||Politics and International Affairs||Environmental Political Thought||2017|
|Jaira J. Harrington||Politics and International Affairs||Challenges to the Global Community||2017|
|Eric Jones||Anthropology||North American Archaeology||2017|
|Brian Calhoun||Education||Strategic Job Search||2017|
|EJ Masicampo||Psychology||Social Psychology||2018|
|Neal Walls||Divinity||The Ecology of Faith: An Agrarian Tour of the Holy Land||2013|
|Jill Crainshaw||Divinity||Theology and Disability||2015|
|Sunggu Yang||Divinity||Prophetic Ministry: Public Witness, Protest Arts & Preaching||2016|
|Fred Bahnson||Divinity||Tree of Life: Christianity, Climate Change, and Ecological Vocation||2016|
|Derek Hicks||Divinity||Culinary Culture in Black Religious Experience: (HI)stories of Faith and Food||2019|
|Dan Fogel||Sustainability||Sustainable Organization Management||2014|
|Amanda Foster||Library Studies||Accessing Information in the 21st Century||2017|
|Amanda Lanier||Reynolda Gardens||Young Naturalists “The Wonder of Water”||2017|
|Rebeccah Byer||Entrepreneurship||Social Entrepreneurship||2018|
Project participants agree to:
- Read some materials prior to the workshop.
- Participate in the full 2-day workshop.
- Commit time during the summer to prepare or revise a syllabus and submit it in August.
- Report back to the group in August.
Each cohort of the Magnolias Project has contributed to this list of books that they have found relevant in teaching sustainability-related courses.
The Wake Forest faculty offer many courses that stimulate and facilitate learning for sustainability. A snapshot of the course inventory is pictured below. Click here for the full inventory of courses.