Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF)

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program. It was established in 2013 (as the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative) 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 four years, faculty from across 25 departments have participated in the SCF.

Up to 10 faculty members will be selected to join the SCF program.  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.

Planning Team

Mark Hamin – School of Earth & Sustainability and the Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Darci Maresca – School of Earth & Sustainability
Ezra Small – Physical Plant
Mei-Yau Shih – Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development
Madeleine Charney – UMass Library 

2018-2019 SCF Fellows

Raphael E. Arku, Environmental Health Sciences
Dwayne Breger, Environmental Conservation/School of Earth and Sustainability, Clean Energy Extension
Christine Hatch, Geosciences/School of Earth and Sustainability
Margaret Krone, Education
Sandy Litchfield, Architecture
Jamie T. Mullins, Resource Economics
Catherine Sands, Stockbridge School of Agriculture/School of Earth & Sustainability
Charlie Schweik, Environmental Conservation/School of Earth and Sustainability, School of Public Policy
Jared Starr, Environmental Conservation/School of Earth and Sustainability
Emily Tareila, Art

2017-2018 SCF Fellows

Angela Roell - Sustainable Food & Farming
Carol Connare - Journalism
Christina DiMarco-Crook - Food Science
David Glassberg - History
Elizabeth Schmidt - Public Policy
Emily Kumpel - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Jennifer Merton - Management
Joell Saxe - Communication
Mary Bell - Sustainable Food & Farming
Wayne Feiden - Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Nicole Burton - Stockbridge School of Agriculture

2016 - 2017 SCF Fellows

Boone Shear – Anthropology
Sarah Berquist – Stockbridge
Amilcar Shabazz – African American Studies
Margaret Vickery – Architecture
Razvan Sibii – Journalism
Heath Hatch - Physics
Toby Applegate – Geosciences
Lorraine Cordeiro – Nutrition
Alison Bates – Environmental Conservation
Krystal Pollitt – Environmental Health Sciences

See the list of all previous year faculty cohorts since 2013-2014 here.


Full and part-time faculty, including instructors, who plan to teach a sustainability-related course either in the fall 2018 or spring 2019. Applicants must demonstrate interest in, and commitment to sustainability and active, student-centered learning.


The SCF provides the following incentives:

  • A $1,000 grant to support professional development efforts related to re-designing an existing course or creating a new course to incorporate sustainability learning outcomes.
  • Access to one-on-one and group consultation
  • ​Access to campus partners’ resources


  • Attend eight monthly 2-hour meetings that will be held on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm. Participants must attend at least 80% of meetings to receive a full stipend. Half of the stipend will be deposited into the faculty member’s professional development fund in September; the other half will be deposited once the 80% attendance mark is met.
  • Revise or create a course syllabus or curriculum to include/augment student learning outcomes related to sustainability as well as relevant sustainability topics and resources.  
  • Present a brief teaching demonstration to the group
  • Deposit a lesson, unit, or course resource in the SCF repository
  • Complete a feedback form at the end of the year

Selection Criteria

  • Clarity of goals, design and implementation
  • Potential impact of project outcomes on sustainability curriculum and student learning
  • Potential to apply to future courses

How to Apply

The application window is open from May 1, 2018 to June 4, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by the SCF Planning Team listed above. Successful applicants will be notified of fellow selection by mid-June.

Complete your online application here.

Deadline is Monday, June 4, 2018
Questions: Sarah Crowley, the Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship Graduate Student or Mark Hamin, School of Earth & Sustainability and the Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning.


For more information on the UMass Sustainability Learning Outcomes identified by a multi-disciplinary group of over 50 UMass faculty and staff, please click here.
To download the "Mapping Sustainability Education at UMass: A Report of the Education and Research Sub-Committee of the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee" please click here.