Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program

Syracuse University/Le Moyne College Faculty Sustainability Fellows

Fall Semester, 2015

Invitation to Apply

Faculty from all disciplines at Syracuse University (SU) and Le Moyne College (LMC) are invited to apply for a new inter-institutional initiative:  Fall 2015 Sustainability Faculty Fellowships.  Each institution will award up to three Fellowships to promote learning, scholarship, and pedagogy related to the theme of climate change and social justice.
The remarkable Papal Encyclical on climate change, “Laudato Si’,” issued  in June, is an invitation to dialogue not only about the scientific, technical, and economic dimensions of climate change but about its moral, ethical, and social dimensions as well. A similar range of issues informs the book, This Changes Everything,  by journalist Naomi Klein (2014). In the coming semester, the LMC and SU communities will host leading experts about the Papal encyclical and Naomi Klein herself, as well as the trailblazing climate scientist Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars (2012)  The Faculty Sustainability Fellows program will draw on this confluence of opportunities to bring together faculty from both institutions to explore issues of climate justice and brainstorm about ways to extend this important dialogue into the classroom and student research.
The SU Sustainability Faculty Fellows are supported by the office of the Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives.  The LMC Fellows are supported by the McDevitt Center. Fellows will receive stipends of $500, with the  potential for modest additional funding to support  collaborative initiatives. Fellows will be expected to attend three events, plus two additional meetings, and to submit a brief written report that relates the topics discussed to their respective disciplines and then lays out one or more specific ways they could be used to enhance the curriculum and opportunities for collaboration between SU and LMC. This could include a lesson plan, a new course description, ideas for student research projects, study abroad, as well as local or more broadly-based engagement opportunities. Faculty who are not already experts on climate change or sustainability are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply, see below. The application deadline is September 1 and decisions will be announced no later than Sept.7.


Applicants for Faculty Sustainability Fellowships must submit:

1) A cover letter with a brief explanation of your personal and professional interest in climate change and social justice and at least one initial idea for incorporating this theme into your teaching or student research.

2) A curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught in a typical year.

Le Moyne faculty: send applications by 5 p.m., Sept. 1, 2015, to Donald McCrimmon (

Syracuse University faculty: send applications by 5 p.m., Sept. 1, 2015, to Rachel May (

Faculty Sustainability Fellowships are available to all full-time, continuing faculty. Selection will be based on the potential for the Fellowship to result in increased opportunities for student learning, research, and action. Every effort will be made to select fellows from a variety of disciplines; Faculty from disciplines underrepresented in sustainability education at SU and LMC especially encouraged  to apply. Expertise in the fields of climate change or sustainability is not a pre-condition for participation.

Applicants are certifying that they will be available to attend these events:

▪             Sept. 16 (7:00 – 8:30 pm ): Roundtable with Professors Christiana Peppard (Fordham), Lawrence Tanner (Le Moyne) and Jame Schaefer (Marquette) on the Papal Encyclical at LMC)
▪             Nov. 2, (7:00 – 8:30 pm), Lecture by Michael Mann (Penn State) at LMC
▪             Nov. 3: 7:30-9 pm., Naomi Klein, University Lecture at SU
▪             Plus two additional meetings TBA (possibly dinner meetings before some of the events).