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. Meet the current fellows!

UO's Common Reading Teaching Guide

This year the Sustainability Fellows program is pleased to support stipends for faculty working on the Common Reading teaching guide for books focused on the upcoming theme: Justice and Resilience. For more information, contact program manager Sarah Stoeckl,, or the Common Reading program staff,

Sustainability Fellows and Community-Engaged Learning Cohort

Up to eight faculty receive a $500 award after completing the Sustainability Fellows pathway as part of the Teaching Engagement Program's Summer Teaching Institute. 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 $500 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 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.

Benefits to Sustainability Fellows: 

  • Develop partnerships for community-engaged learning in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area. 

  • 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 $1,000 award for participation ($500 for initial participation in the summer workshop and $500 for a redesigned course syllabus).

The first cohort and second 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 the generous donation of 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 The application window for next year's fellows will open in early 2020.