Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are collaborating to expand professional development initiatives to incorporate sustainability and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the curriculum—at Georgia Tech and beyond.

SLS and CTL recently accepted thirteen faculty members to serve as Sustainability/SDG Education Teaching Fellows during the spring semester. The program builds upon Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) Fellows and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Teaching Fellows Programs. The SLS Fellows Program fosters interdisciplinary learning communities by bringing together diverse faculty, staff, and graduate students to examine and apply key themes related to sustainable communities. CTL Teaching Fellows Programs bring together a diverse group of interdisciplinary faculty to engage in conversations about teaching.

The spring 2022 Fellows Program advances creative uses of the SDGs and sustainability competencies in courses spanning all six colleges. In so doing, the Fellows Program advances the Institute Strategic Plan (ISP) goal to provide all students with transformative learning experiences to grow as creative, ethical, globally aware, technologically sophisticated leaders who can define and solve problems to improve the human condition.

In addition to developing their own course materials, Fellows will support integration of ESD across the curriculum in several ways. First, the materials they develop or re-design, including syllabi, modules, and assignments, will be incorporated into a growing “toolkit” of resources that serve as models for other instructors. Second, the Fellows will help build a new, multi-institutional Community of Practice on Teaching with the SDGs, in collaboration with our regional sustainability education network, RCE Greater Atlanta, officially acknowledged by United Nations University. Finally, the Sustainability/SDG Education Teaching Fellows will engage with ongoing strategic planning to identify opportunities to “scale up” ESD across the curriculum participation.

The program leverages collaboration across universities through the RCE Greater Atlanta to include Kennesaw State University (KSU) faculty, as well as Georgia Tech faculty and a PhD student. In addition to the learning community fostered by the Fellows Program, each Fellow is paired with a professional from Georgia Tech’s SLS, CTL, or KSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for one-on-one support with their projects.

Please extend congratulations to the following faculty members selected as Sustainability/SDG Education Teaching Fellows:

  • Anne Fuller, senior lecturer of strategy and innovation area in the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech
  • Lionel Gall, senior lecturer of French in the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech
  • Jairo Garcia, adjunct faculty in the School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Tech
  • Richard Halstead-Nussloch, professor in the Information Technology Department, KSU
  • Tiffini Eugene Jones, assistant professor in the College of Sciences, KSU
  • Steven Kangisser, Ph.D. student in the School of Building Construction, Georgia Tech
  • Britta Kallin, associate professor of German in the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech
  • Kyoko Masuda, associate professor of Japanese and Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech

  • Raghu Pucha, principal lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Carsten Sievers, associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Norah Sinclair, instructional designer and content developer at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation in the College of Design, Georgia Tech
  • Lara Smith-Sitton, associate professor in the English Department, KSU
  • Teresa Snow, senior academic professional in the School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Tech

Read a profile of the three Fellows participating from the School of Modern Languages here.

The Sustainability/SDGs Education Teaching Fellows Program extends ongoing CTL/SLS collaborative ESD faculty development initiatives. During the fall semester 2021, Georgia Tech’s SLS and CTL joined forces with KSU’s CETL to facilitate a multi-institutional Faculty Learning Community (FLC). FLC participants from KSU, along with all Georgia faculty and graduate students, were invited to apply to the spring Fellows Program.