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SIUE Faculty Sustainability Fellowship

The purpose of the fellowship is to assist and support integration of sustainability concepts and practices into the teaching and scholarship of the University within the framework of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Educations's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting System (STARS).

The fellow will be expected to work across the academic disciplines to increase the awareness of sustainability among the faculty, foster the inclusion of sustainability into the curriculum and encourage original research and scholarly activity in fields related to sustainability. The fellow will also engage in his/her own scholarship/research in a sustainability related area and produce a publishable work on that activity. The fellowship is for three academic years beginning with Fall semester 2013 in order to provide for continuity of effort.

Support for the Sustainability Fellowship

  • Funding for a one course release per semester.

  • A $4K summer stipend.

  • A one-time $6K allotment to fund supplies, travel to sustainability training events or meetings, equipment, etc.

  • Other support (clerical, etc.) from the Sustainability Advisory Group and the Office of Sustainability as appropriate.


  • The fellow will report on his/her work to the Sustainability Advisory Group at least once in the Fall and in the Spring semesters.

  • The fellow will coordinate activities with the Office of Sustainability and the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

  • The fellow will produce a report/scholarly work for publication and give a presentation on his/her activities and results to the campus.


  • A tenured faculty member from any discipline.

  • The ability to work with, inspire, and support other faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability at SIUE.



All education is environmental education.
-David Orr

Not surprisingly, a significant amount of sustainability education at SIUE occurs in and around the classroom in a variety of ways:

Sustainability in the Curriculum

In 2009, as part of a SAG-sponsored sustainability audit, conducted by ENVS GA Ron Morlen, University faculty were asked to identify courses that concentrated on sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, as well as courses that included sustainability as a course component or module. Over 40 courses were identified in fields as diverse as Biology, Business, Anthropology, Engineering, Philosophy and Environmental Science.

Please report any additions or omissions to the Sustainability Officer.


Degree Programs

Environmental Science

SIUE offers an undergraduate minor in Environmental Science and at the graduate level, offers a Masters in Science with six possible areas of emphasis: Environmental Biology; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Education; Environmental Policy and Public Administration; Environmental Technology and Assessment; Environmental Toxicology. The University also offers a Professional Science Master's (PSM.)

Civil Engineering

To address the needs of the civil engineering profession, the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering has created two professional development sequences (PDS) for post-baccalaureate study. Both highlight aspects of sustainable development relevant to civil engineers. The PDS for Sustainable Infrastructure includes courses on sustainable engineering (CE 596), intelligent transportation systems (CE 578), and municipal infrastructure (CE 460). The PDS for Sustainable Planning includes courses on sustainable engineering (CE 596), solid waste management (CE 588), and transportation planning (CE 475).

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography now offers an Area of Specialization in Sustainability. This area of study offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human-environment systems and interactions in terms of their sustainability across space and over time. Sustainability generally refers to the capacity to meet contemporary social, economic, and environmental needs in a balanced manner and in ways that do not compromise the capacity of future generations to also meet these same needs. Students who concentrate in this area of study will be better prepared for a wide range of careers, including resource and ecosystem management, sustainable facilities management and business operations, environmental policy, consulting, education, and advocacy, and urban and regional sustainability planning.

Sustainability LibGuide

The Sustainability LibGuide is a resource from the Lovejoy Library that provides a central point for locating resources to help you to learn about sustainability. This guide can be used to help you find eresources, databases, multimedia, research tips, faculty resources, and more.

All Faculty Meeting

All Faculty Meeting (April 22, 2009). SAG and the VCA sponsored this luncheon on the subject of sustainability. A PowerPoint presentation was made highlighting SIUE's efforts in sustainability and faculty brainstormed in discussion breakout sessions.

Curricular Workshops

In Fall 2009, three workshops (sponsored by SAG) were held on "Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Integrating Sustainability with Courses and Curricula." Dr. Jennifer Rehg (Anthropology), Dr. Jessica DeSpain (English), Dr. Connie Frey (Sociology & Criminal Justice), Dr. Yvonne Mitkos (Instructional Services), Kathleen Gardner (Associate Director of Student Life) and Kevin Adkins (Sustainability Officer), coordinated these workshops and facilitated the discussions. Approximately 25 faculty members and administrators attended at least one of these workshops, including CAS Dean Al Romero.

CAS Interdisciplinary Roundtables

In order to contribute to the understanding among scholars across disciplinary lines, the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville launched a new initiative: Interdisciplinary Roundtables. One of these roundtables approved in Fall 2009 is "SIUE - Nature Preserves Partnerships." The roundtable members are: Jennifer Rehg - Coordinator (Anthropology);Elaine M. Abusharbain (biologival Sciences); Peter Minchin (Biological Sciences); Rick Essner (Biological Sciences); Kurt Schulz (Biological Sciences); Elizabeth Walton (Geography and Environmental Sciences); Chris Pearson (Philosophy); Connie Frey (Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies); Laura Perkins (Speech Communication).

The roundtable is exploring the potential for the university and local nature preserves to collaborate in research, teaching, and community outreach. Its goals are to highlight the many research and education opportunities for SIUE faculty and students that already exist in natural areas on campus and at local preserves, and to identify ways to enhance and expand these opportunities.

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