Education & Research

Teaching and Learning

Course Development Fellowships

This award program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the IU Office of Sustainability and the Integrated Program in the Environment, supports faculty members’ efforts to enhance teaching of topics related to sustainability and environmental literacy at the IU Bloomington campus. 

This represents an instructional component of a broad‐based initiative developed by the IU Office of Sustainability. We are interested in supporting innovative approaches to instruction of complex, interdisciplinary topics at both undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction. Courses that may contribute to the newly developed degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies will be given high priority for support. Service‐learning courses and those that involve application of principles of sustainability to the IU Bloomington campus are of particular interest.

The Award

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The award for a Sustainability Course Development Fellowship is up to $8,000. If joint awards are made, recipients will share the award. Recipients are expected to devote the equivalent of eight weeks full-time to their project during the summer immediately following the award. It is expected that they will not engage in teaching or administrative activities during that period. Recipients are also expected to engage with other fellows and members of the IUB sustainability community, to submit a summary report to the Office of Sustainability at the end of the fall semester following the award, and to formally disseminate the results of their instructional development project to other IU faculty. 

How to apply

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  • The Application Procedures

    A complete application (download below) consists of:

    1. The proposal prepared by the applicant(s): Proposal descriptions must be written in clear, effective prose, and are limited to 1,500 words. A detailed plan of work should be outlined. Be aware that the Review Committee is composed of faculty members who are unlikely to be specialists in the applicant’s field. The proposal should indicate whether the course is a graduate, undergraduate or cross-listed course. The proposal should indicate anticipated enrollment in the course and how the course fits within the curriculum of the instructor’s home department/unit.
    2. Current curriculum vitae 
    3. A list of previous courses (titles) taught and enrollments for the last two years
    4. Evidence of quality of teaching (e.g., a summary of student evaluations, peer reviews, a brief teaching statement) - five (5) pages maximum. 
    5. Two recommendation forms: The department (unit) support statement and one additional recommendation should be completed on forms found in the application packet. These recommendation forms address: project originality and innovation; relevance to goals of IUB sustainability program; potential impact on student learning; timeliness (for the applicant and for the university); feasibility (competency of investigator, likelihood of accomplishment, use of appropriate technology); commitment of department(s) to the project; overall quality of project (concept, planning, long-term influence).

      Download: SCDF Guidelines
      Download: Application (pdf) / Application (word)

    Instructions: Submit a SINGLE digital file (Adobe pdf or Word document) to sustain@indiana.edu containing:

    1. The application (all items listed above)
    2. Current curriculum vitae, and other relevant information about the professional activities of each participant 
    3. Supporting letters of recommendation

    NOTE: Applications for the Spring 2014 award are due no later than March 3, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted.

  • Evaluation Procedure

    Members of the Review Committee are instructed to rate each proposal on the basis of the criteria listed below. The applicant is therefore urged to discuss the proposed work in relation to each of the criteria, providing information about the project in the context of his/her department, the discipline, and the University.

    • project originality and innovation
    • relevance to goals of IUB sustainability program
    • potential impact on student learning
    • timeliness (competency of investigator, likelihood of accomplishment, use of appropriate technology, if any)
    • number/percentage of students affected
    • commitment of the department(s) to the project
    • overall quality of project (concept, planning, long-term influence)
  • The Review Process

    A faculty committee will review applications within a month of the deadline (March 1, 2014), and awards will be announced by the end of the spring semester.

Past SCD Fellowship Recipients

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  • (2012-2013)
    • Tom Evans, Dept. of Geography: College of Arts and Sciences,"Geo-Literacy: Geographic Reasoning, Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking as a Foundation for Sustainability Science."
    • James Farmer, Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies: School of Public Health, "Planting the Seed: Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture"
    • Burney Fischer, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Daniel H. Cole, Maurer School of Law: "Understanding Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems Through Institutions and Collective Action"
    • Rasul Mowatt, Dept. of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies: School of Public Health, "Foundations of Leisure"
    • Press release
  • (2011-2012)
    • Meriem Chida, Dept. of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
    • Lisa Sideris, Dept. of Religious Studies
    • Jiangmei Wu, Dept. of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
    • Press release
  • (2010-2011)
    • Scott Shackelford, Department of Business Law and Ethics: Kelley School of Business, "Sustainability Law & Policy"
    • Catherine Tucker, Dept. of Anthropology: College of Arts and Sciences, "Exploring the Challenges of Sustainability: Ecology & Society"
    • Press release
  • (2009-2010)
    • Christine Barbour, Dept. of Political Science: College of Arts and Sciences, "Living a Sustainable Life"
    • Laurel Cornell, Dept. of Sociology: "Designing a Sustainable Campus Landscape"
    • Press release
  • (2008-2009)
    • Tim Bartley, Dept. of Sociology: "Statistics for Sustainability: A Research Course on Environmental Literacy, Attitudes and Practices"
    • Melissa Clark, SPEA: "Environmental Sustainability"
    • Jeffery S. McMullen, Kelley School of Business: "Environmental Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development"
    • Phaedra Pezzullo, Communication and Culture and Jennifer Meta Robinson, Communication and Culture: "Communicating Sustainability"
    • Richard Wilk, Anthropology and Peter Todd, Cognitive Science/Informatics (Sustainability & Environmental Literacy Leadership): "Food, Sustainability and Environmental Literacy: Building Collaborative Networks for Research and Teaching at IUB"
    • Press release