Taking It to the Next Level:

Strategies for Adaptation across the Curriculum

Student demand, institutional commitment, and faculty interest are inspiring the integration of sustainability themes into higher education curricula and research agendas. The complex and interdependent nature of solutions for a more sustainable future calls for multidisciplinary teaching and research.

Institutional support for collaborative endeavors varies from campus to campus. Questions and challenges arise around tenure track and promotional requirements for faculty, funding, budgeting, and academic/disciplinary homes for faculty and students. Additionally, models of integration vary from infusion across the curriculum to the establishment of sustainability as a unique academic discipline.

This national conference will explore the ways in which institutions of higher education are adapting to support the collaborative endeavors of faculty and staff and the roles that administrative leaders can play in this evolving arena. Participants will have the chance to learn from the concrete case studies presented and to develop strategies for implementation on their own campuses.

Central questions panelists and workshop facilitators will discuss throughout the conference include:

  • Should sustainability be infused into every academic discipline, or should it emerge as a unique multidisciplinary field?
  • In the case of multidisciplinary collaborations across departments, where should faculty be housed and how are funds and time allocated?
  • Are multidisciplinary fields rigorous enough to stand up to academic scrutiny or are they less rigorous alternatives to single disciplinary studies?
  • Should faculty be rewarded for researching and publishing across disciplines and for securing cross-disciplinary grants? If so, how?
  • How is sustainability different than other multidisciplinary fields? Are co-curricular opportunities for applied learning particularly important in this emerging field? Is career development for sustainability different than general career development?

Who should attend?

This conference is designed to meet the needs of campus leaders who are considering comprehensive strategies for the advancement of sustainability into and across the curriculum. Campus teams that include provosts, academic deans, faculty leaders, and sustainability professionals will have time during the conference to confer about the strategic approaches they can take back to their campuses for implementation.

This is not a how-to workshop for faculty wishing to redesign their courses. Conference partner AASHE offers a semi-annual workshop for faculty leaders who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability. Conference partner Second Nature offers an academic guidance document for ACUPCC signatories. Participants in AASHE’s STARS program as well as ACUPCC signatories are encouraged to attend this conference.

Capacity is limited to 250 participants. Campuses are asked to limit the number of registrants to five each, in order to encourage a broad array of campuses to participate.