Sustainability Fellowship

University of Oregon Sustainability Fellowship for Community-Engaged Learning

UO Sustainability Fellows at Pollinator Garden

The Sustainability Fellowship supports faculty in doing community-engaged learning or participatory action research, connects faculty with community partners, and provides fellows with a network of colleagues who seek to incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula.



Sustainability Fellows and Community-Engaged Learning

Up to ten faculty receive a $500 award after completing the Sustainability Fellows workshop. Through discussions, site visits, and guest presentations, the workshop helps fellows develop partnerships with local agencies and organizations and engaged deeply with pedagogy and teaching that is inclusive, engaged, and research-led. Some groups who have met with the workshop are:

Fellows receive an additional $1000 award for submitting syllabi or curricular resources that have been substantially revised or newly created to incorporate local sustainability issues and community-engaged learning, as well as a brief reflection on their course outcomes and future goals. Fellows can also apply for funding to support and further their community partnerships and bring those projects to life. Sustainability Fellows will also meet for lunches or receptions during the academic year to discuss their experiences and roadblocks, build community, and engage with previous cohorts.

Faculty come from all disciplines, ranks, and experience levels. We especially encourage faculty with no previous experience integrating community partnerships into curricula or doing participatory action research to consider the fellowship. Interdisciplinary team applications are also encouraged and accepted, as are applicants from previous fellows.

Benefits to Sustainability Fellows: 

  • Develop partnerships for community-engaged learning and participatory action research. 

  • Introduce and challenge understandings of sustainability through site visits, guest-lectures, shared readings, and discussions.

  • Build a network of faculty – across disciplines and seniority – that supports integrating local issues into their courses.

  • Support and promote the work of Sustainability Fellows and their students through multiple public channels.

  • Earn up to $1,500 award for participation ($500 for initial participation in the summer workshop and $1000 for a redesigned course materials).

The Sustainability Fellowship program is made possible by funding through the PNW Just Futures Institute, grant-funded by the Mellon Foundation, and a grant from the UO Duck Store, a non-profit serving the book and supply needs of the University of Oregon.

If you are interested in the Sustainability Fellows program, please contact Sarah Stoeckl at 

UO's Common Reading Teaching Guide

In 2021-22 year the Sustainability Fellows program was pleased to partner with First Year Programs and the Student Sustainability Center to lead creation of a teaching guide for Common Reading text Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. View the finished guide and other information related to the book on the Common Reading program's Braiding Sweetgrass page. For more information contact Sarah Stoeckl,, or the Common Reading program staff,