Sustainability Faculty Fellows

To support faculty in designing, instructing, and assessing in ways that build student competencies for sustainability, six Sustainability Faculty Fellows were appointed for a two-year term. In the first year, Fellows worked to embed teaching practices in their own courses such that students will be able to reflect, share, and act on key competencies for sustainability. This requires the ability to align learning outcomes and assessment activities, model perspective-taking on sustainability issues, collaborate with groups or sectors beyond USask, and integrate activities where students employ adaptive systems thinking and problem solving for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.

In the second year, Fellows have worked within their colleges to support other faculty to make an impact through open educational practices and furthering learning for sustainability. This is approached in ways that meet the needs of each academic unit and may align with USask priorities such as experiential learning through community-engaged or work-integrated learning, student wellness, or other priorities.

This initiative is led out of the Provost's office with Fellows receiving support from the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning

The University of Saskatchewan's Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning makes resources available for its faculty who want to integrate sustainability topics and concepts into their curricula.

Course Design Program

Are you a faculty member of the University of Saskatchewan interested in integrating sustainability into your curriculum, but unsure of where to start?

Starting in 2015 the Office of Sustainability has collaborated with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainability in Higher Education to offer professional development opportunities for faculty who wish to integrate sustainability concepts into their existing curriculum.  Their Course Design program offers a sustainability approach that allows faculty to identify how sustainability applies to their course content.

Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan)

The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) program is an initiative of the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies to help advance the U.N. “Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (2005-2014).  RCEs allow local organizations engaged in Education for Sustainable Development to collaborate with one another, and to link up with other RCEs around the world. This means collaboration among elementary schools, high schools, universities and technical institutes. Regions identify their own sustainability issues and develop educational activities that focus on these issues, which are all documented and researched.

RCE Saskatchewan involves academic faculty and employees from several higher education institutions in our province, including the University of Saskatchewan.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

The University of Saskatchewan is a member of AASHE which provides resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. 

The AASHE website has many education and research resources for faculty.  (Note that some resources are available to members only. Anyone with a usask.ca email address can set up a profile to access all resources.)