The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Howett Awarded Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship 

Aug 7, 2019

Maeve Howett, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC, CNE,  Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Education, is one of twelve faculty recipients of a UMass Amherst Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship.

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program. It was established in 2013 to enable UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. The SCF is supported by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), and UMass Amherst Libraries.

Over the past six years, faculty from across 31 departments have participated in the highly competitive and enriching SCF Program. The program is designed to support faculty who are interested in enhancing the sustainability learning outcomes in an existing course and/or incorporating one or more learning outcomes into a new course. Through the course, faculty are expected to address one or more of the following sustainability learning outcomes:

  1. 21st century national and global challenges
  2. Systems thinking
  3. Disciplines across the university
  4. Local sustainability issues
  5. Personal agency and professional responsibility
  6. Civic engagement
  7. Information literacy

Fellows receive a $1,000 professional development grant along with a range of support services for a sustainability course.  SCF recipients are required to attend monthly meetings to engage with other fellows, discuss pedagogy, course redesign, and learn about library and campus sustainability resources. Fellows also share best practices through teaching demonstrations, and participate in a variety of team-based learning activities. 

Dr. Howett described how she intends to incorporate sustainability learning outcomes in a new nursing course: "I’ll be developing an elective for junior and senior nursing students on Toxicants, Climate Change, and Health. The objectives will include learning about how environments influence health outcomes and how health disparities are widening in regard to good or poor environments. We’ll also discuss what nurses can do to advise their patients about protecting themselves from poor environments and making sustainability part of their professional ethics."

The fellowship will allow Dr. Howett to advance her strong commitment to sustainability. "I’ve been working in sustainability for many years now and am inspired by the colleagues across campus doing similar work. This fellowship gives me an opportunity to work with scientists, engineers, architects, etc. as we reimagine what UMass students should know about the environment as part of their university education. I would like every graduate of UMass Amherst to know about climate change and how to be a good citizen of the earth."

In addition to Dr. Howett, the 2019-20 recipients include:

  • Steve Acquah, Chemistry/DML 
  • Isla Casteneda, Geosciences/SES               
  • Bill Clement, Geosciences/SES           
  • Euripedes DeOliveira, LARP/SES         
  • Lena Fletcher, ECo/SES                 
  • Rachel Green, Comparative Literature    
  • Noy Holland, English                                     
  • Ezra Markowitz, ECo/SES                                     
  • Fadia Nordtveit, ISOM                                   
  •  Kara Peterman, CEE                      
  •  Eldra Walker, Architecture         


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