Sustainability Fellowship

University of Oregon Sustainability Fellowship for Community-Engaged Learning

UO Sustainability Fellows at Pollinator Garden

The Sustainability Fellowship connects faculty with community partners and provides fellows with a network of colleagues who seek to incorporate issues of sustainability into their curricula.

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UO's Common Reading Teaching Guide

This year the Sustainability Fellows program is pleased to partner with First Year Programs and the Student Sustainability Center to lead creation of a teaching guide for next year's Common Reading text, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. For more information contact program manager Sarah Stoeckl,, or the Common Reading program staff,

Sustainability Fellows and Community-Engaged Learning Cohort

Up to ten faculty receive a $500 award after completing the Sustainability Fellows workshop, September 15-17, 2021. Through discussions, site visits, and guest presentations, the institute will help 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 will 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. 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 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. 

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

  • 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 syllabus).

The first cohortsecond cohort, and third cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows implemented community-based education efforts around sustainability issues throughout fall, winter, and spring terms 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The next cohort began in June 2020.

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 program manager Sarah Stoeckl at