Sustainability Course Development Fellowship recipients announced
June 13, 2013
Four Sustainability Course Development Fellowships have been awarded to Indiana University Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of Sustainability.
This year's recipients are:
- Tom Evans, assistant professor, Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, "Geo-Literacy: Geographic Reasoning, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking as a Foundation for Sustainability Science."
- James Farmer, assistant professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health, "Planting the Seed: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture."
- Burney Fischer, clinical professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Daniel Cole, professor of law, Maurer School of Law, "Understanding Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems Through Institutions and Collective Action."
- Rasul Mowatt, assistant professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health, "Foundations of Leisure."
"These projects show the incredible range of topics and problems that are connected to sustainability," said Tom Gieryn, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. "Professors Evans, Farmer, Fischer, Cole, and Mowatt should be commended for developing exciting courses that will give their students opportunities to wrestle with real-world problems of immense magnitude."
Evans' proposal is an undergraduate course that will couple sustainability, geographical literacy, and geographic information system techniques. It will help students develop marketable software proficiency and critical thinking skills.
Farmer's proposal will act as an introduction to the principles and practices of sustainable farming. It will be open to undergraduates and utilize service learning and field lab techniques.
Fischer and Cole will create a workshop-based class that will utilize the books Governing the Commons and Understanding Institutional Diversity, written by the late IU Distinguished Professor and Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom. It will cover broad concepts such as public health, digital commons, and sustainability.
Mowatt's proposal will aim to locate definitions of sustainability, public health and environmental justice; situate understanding of field experiences that reveal cases of environmental harm, health disparities and social exclusion; and promote activities that reflect a base knowledge of sustainability.