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College names third cohort of Sustainability Teaching Fellows

The College of Arts and Architecture has named its third cohort of Sustainability Teaching Fellows, including seven faculty members, two graduate students and, for the first time, two staff members representing disciplines across the college.

Sustainability Teaching Fellows receive a $500 stipend to support the integration of sustainability competencies into their pedagogy and participate in the Sustainability Teaching Roundtable Series, organized by Mihyun Kang, director for sustainability in the College of Arts and Architecture.

The inclusion of staff, according to Kang, is an effort to broaden sustainability in teaching by embracing all educators regardless of full or part-time faculty status at the university.

“We wanted to recognize and include all who contribute to advancing teaching and learning related to sustainability,” Kang said.

The third cohort includes faculty members Heather Ligler, assistant teaching professor of architecture; Heather McCune Bruhn, assistant teaching professor of art history; Huiwon Lim, assistant professor of graphic design; Eric McKee, professor of music; and Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, assistant professor of art education and women’s, gender and sexuality studies; Julio Diarte, adjunct lecturer of architecture; Kim Flick, adjunct assistant teaching professor; graduate students Kate Cholakis-Kolysko (landscape architecture) and Ali Ghazvinian (architecture); and staff members Stephanie Swindle Thomas (marketing and communications) and Deborah Gulick (Office Of Digital Learning).

The remaining roundtables this year, which will each take place via Zoom from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. and do not require registration, are:

  • Small Island, Big Song and Sustainability, April 5, 2022
  • A&A Sustainability Teaching Fellows Presentations, Oct. 4, 2022
  • A&A Sustainability Teaching Fellows Presentations, Nov. 1, 2022

The goal of the Roundtable Teaching Series is to transform the culture of sustainability education and pedagogy in the College of Arts and Architecture, embedding it into the college’s teaching culture. You can view some of the past fellows’ roundtable presentations via this YouTube playlist. In addition, past fellows share their experiences in this video.

For more on sustainability efforts in the College of Arts and Architecture, including links to additional prior presentations, visit arts.psu.edu/sustainability.

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