To incubate and encourage innovative teaching in sustainability and environmental education, IonE will recognize three to five educators per year. These educators will advance best practices in sustainability instruction and curriculum development and disseminate those innovations to the broader university community. IonE Educators are tenure-track faculty and instructional staff, including adjunct faculty when appropriate. IonE Educators are regularly engaged in formal and informal teaching.
During the 14-month fellowship year from December 2017 to January 2019, IonE Educators will pursue projects around effective pedagogy and curriculum development aimed at improved an existing course or developing new courses and educational experiences. Projects may address education for the general public or K-12 students. All projects will champion the need for diverse perspectives in solving today’s wicked and complex sustainability challenges.
During their fellowship year, IonE Educators will present on some aspect of sustainability education to the broader IonE community, and participate in the Sustainability Education Summit. The initial cohort of IonE Educators developed the concept of a systemwide conversation focused on generating greater collaboration and reflexive thinking in matters concerning sustainability education. Incoming IonE Educators will have the opportunity to contribute to the design and content of the Summit, taking place in the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019 and thereby completing the fellowship year.
Over time, alumni of the IonE Educators will form a dynamic community of educators who are united by shared objectives and benefit from inter-cohort communication fostered by the Affiliates network.
Nominations for IonE Educators are due to the firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 18, 2017, with announcement of new IonE Educators by late October.
Individuals can self-nominate by submitting 1) their CV and 2) cover letter describing their environmental or sustainability education experiences and goals and a description of the educational project or activity they seek to advance during their fellowship year. Selection will be based on potential for the proposed project to significantly advance sustainability education at UMN. IonE Educators are recommended by the Faculty Leadership Council with assistance from ad hoc reviewers and IonE staff. Consultation with IonE education/leadership staff about possible projects is strongly encouraged before submitting an application.
In addition to the benefits and responsibilities of all IonE Affiliates, IonE Educators will have access to a graduate research assistant who will help them in their focal project and receive counsel from IonE staff in the development and implementation of their focal project.
Read about the first cohort of IonE Educators here.