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. Over 100 Wake Forest faculty have gone through the workshop, which has been held annually since 2012 (excluding COVID years).

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 Magnolias 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.

Magnolias Curriculum Workshop

May 22 – 23, 2024

The spring 2024 Magnolias Curriculum Project workshop will take place May 22 – 23, 2024. This two-day workshop will take place on the Reynolda and Wake Downtown campuses. Faculty at all ranks and in all disciplines are invited to participate.

We are accepting applications through May 3.

Project participants agree to:
  1. Read some materials prior to the workshop.
  2. Participate in the full 2-day workshop.
  3. Commit time during the summer to prepare or revise a syllabus and submit it in August.
  4. 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.

Course Listing

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.

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