Call for Proposals: The Cumberland Project
In this time of environmental change and uncertainty, institutions of higher education play a vital role in helping the public meet the numerous challenges to sustainability. Many individuals and institutions have taken up this challenge, as evidenced by the development of organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and initiatives like the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. Over the last decade, many universities have sought to encourage innovations in sustainability education by providing educators intensive workshop opportunities to (re)design courses with significant environmental or sustainability components.
It is toward this goal that Vanderbilt’s Program in American Studies and the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching are proud to announce the Cumberland Project. Modeled on Emory University’s Piedmont Project and Northern Arizona University’s Ponderosa Project, the Cumberland Project is a two-day workshop on May 7th and 8th, 2012 in which Vanderbilt faculty engage in discussions and course design workshops with Vanderbilt leaders in sustainability education.
The project is intended as a launch for a continuing, vibrant teaching and learning community around sustainability themes in 2011-12 and beyond. Particular emphasis will be placed on environmental education that is highly interdisciplinary in scope and inclusive of a wide array of environmental studies across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Participants will receive a $500 stipend in research funds for their participation in the two-day workshop. View proposal requirements.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012. No prior experience with environmental issues in the classroom or in research is necessary. Please send all application materials (via email in Word format) or any questions you may have to Joe Bandy, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching, firstname.lastname@example.org.