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Monday, January 26, 2009

Faculty Workshop for Sustainability in Academics at UF

Call for Faculty Participation – February 2009

February 23 and 24, 2009
Reitz Union 235, 11:45 a.m.—2:45 p.m.

Faculty members across the University of Florida regularly teach, and do research, focused or related to some aspect of sustainability. In November 2008 President Machen announced a strategic initiative in sustainability, with the goal of encouraging faculty to consider developing a nationally recognized inter-disciplinary academic program balanced between teaching, research, and academic service, utilizing UF’s already deep resources in this area. He appointed Professor Kim Tanzer to work through his office, in collaboration with Provost’s Fellow and Professor Tom Ankersen, to develop the initiative with the help of UF faculty, by May 2009.

In order to assure wide-spread faculty participation across the university, Tanzer and Ankersen will hold faculty workshops to which all members of the faculty, including academic administrators, are invited. The workshops will also be used to help implement the Vision for Sustainable UF, developed through the Office of Sustainability last academic year.

Two workshops will be held, in mid-February. One will focus on curriculum, including teaching and learning, university-wide programs, and service learning. The second will focus on potential for collaborative research. Faculty members are encouraged to attend portions or all of the workshops, either or both days, as their schedules permit.

For more information on the workshops, and other ways for faculty to get involved with the academic sustainability efforts at UF, visit the Office of Sustainability’s Faculty Involvement page.

Faculty members who have questions and/or would like to attend one or both days’ sessions should contact Kim Tanzer, by February 16, 2009. Reservations for box lunches (free of charge) are essential.