Keynote presentation: Building a campus community that is a true environmental learning community

Keynote presentation: Building a campus community that is a true environmental learning community
Friday, September 19, 2003
3:00 - 4:15 pm

Presenter:
Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning- Middlebury College

Abstract:
Environmental programs come in all shapes and sizes. No two are identical, although many of the issues that programs confront are quite similar. A particularly challenging issue for programs of all shapes and sizes is how to secure the involvement and commitment of faculty from the wide range of appropriate disciplines, from a wide range of career stages. One aspect of this problem is that many environmental programs have evolved from the interest of current faculty whose appointment is in a traditional disciplinary department, and although the resulting diversity of expertise strengthens the program, these faculty may have difficulty in serving two masters. Another aspect of this problem reflects the need for junior faculty teaching in interdisciplinary programs to be clear about the process through which tenure decisions will be made. The goal of this session is to describe and discuss reasonable examples (joint appointments, etc.) through which a stellar faculty can be assembled, and of the institutional policies and practices that support such faculty- and a stellar ERE program- over the long term.