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IonE welcomes applications to the IonE Educators program

The Institute on the Environment is introducing a new category of  IonE Affiliates this year: IonE Educators. These are academic leaders seeking to advance sustainability education inside and outside the University. We appreciate the interest in this exciting new opportunity and are providing the guidelines below to assist applicants. The application/nomination deadline has been extended to September 22, 2016. Please note that the deadline for IonE Affiliates other than IonE Educators remains September 15, 2016.

Individuals can nominate themselves by submitting a CV and 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.

Guidelines for selecting IonE Educators for Academic Year 2017

We will use the six questions below to evaluate applications from prospective IonE Educators. Other factors also will be taken into account to ensure diverse representation in terms of disciplines, perspectives, objectives and backgrounds. Applicants’ experience in teaching or in sustainability-related fields will be considered as well.

Applicants should note in their application letter if there are funding needs beyond the graduate student assistant’s time and, if so, what resources have been identified to fund those additional costs.

We request that applicants obtain the support of the appropriate departmental representative. If an applicant proposes the development of a new course as the focal project, we understand that the departmental representative’s support is not equivalent to the approval of the course.

  1. How does the proposed focal project represent an important innovation or address an existing gap in established teaching? Why is this important?
  2. How will the proposed project benefit University of Minnesota students or K–12 students in Minnesota, and if relevant, research in sustainability education?
  3. How does the proposed project champion the need for multiple perspectives in solving complex sustainability challenges?
  4. Can the proposed project be completed in one academic year?
  5. How would the proposed project benefit from being affiliated with IonE?
  6. What potential does the proposed project have for impact beyond the duration of the formal affiliation with IonE?


Q: Are non-tenure-track teaching professionals eligible to apply?

A: Yes. IonE Educators have teaching as a core part of their professional work. We encourage applications from those who have both a history of teaching and ongoing plans to teach.

Q: Does the IonE Educator program offer funding beyond the graduate student’s assistance on the focal project?

A: No. However, IonE Educators may pursue other grants, such as IonE Mini Grants.

Q: Are applicants who are informal educators working in Extension, Outreach Centers, or environmental education eligible?

A: Yes, as long as the criteria above are met.

Q: Does the focal project need to have a research question and goals, such as publication?

A: Since education is the primary focus of the IonE Educators, research is not expected or required. However, education research may be part of a focal project.

Questions can be directed to Beth Mercer-Taylor or Mary Hannemann in Sustainability Education.

Educational Coordinator


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