Over 400 faculty members are at the heart of the EcoLeague. Faculty bring a diversity of expertise, research interests, teaching experience and life lessons to both other faculty members and the students they mentor. Through the EcoLeague consortium, faculty have many opportunities to collaborate with one another on curriculum, pedagogy, research projects, and scholarship. Partnering with other faculty on projects, instruction and other initiatives offers an array of rewards such as improved services, greater student learning and the ability to grow as a professional. By working with others, faculty can extend their reach and achieve more of their goals than by working alone. Each month we’ll highlight faculty members from each college and bring attention to how faculty are working together. Faculty are encouraged to learn about one another and explore potential collaborations; contact your EcoLeague faculty representative or the EcoLeague Coordinator for more information.
Through the EcoLeague, faculty members can collaborate on syllabi, lectures, labs and more either related to similar courses or across disciplines which adds a unique perspective to a course. Faculty can co-teach a course together by guest lecturing, either remotely or in-person. Faculty can also engage in pedagogical discussions on the faculty listserv or just by picking up the phone.
Past Curricular Collaborations Have Included:
- Course: Sustainable Business and Community in Vermont
- Course: Natural and Cultural History of Maine’s Coastal Islands
- Course: Natural and Cultural History Interpretation of the Apostle Islands
- Academic Student Certificate: Water Resources Management
Additionally, Prescott College is always looking for co-instructors for its Grand Canyon Semester course.
In addition to teaching, many EcoLeague faculty members are engaged in active social and ecological research projects with faculty and/or students at both his/her home institution and other EcoLeague colleges. Many of the colleges offer access to various learning facilities including APU’s Kellogg Farm, Dickinson College’s archaeology laboratories, GMC’s membership in The Vermont Genetics Network, Northland College’s Applied Research and Environmental Laboratory and Prescott College’s Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies.
Faculty members can also engage in various scholarship opportunities. For example, faculty may attend conferences together to present information and meet additional colleagues. They may collaborate on a publication together, a workshop or perhaps a funding proposal.
To promote scholarly collaboration across schools, the EcoLeague will begin its Conference Connections program in fall 2015. Faculty or staff attending a conference can meet others in their field from a member school over a meal, and then submit their receipt to the EcoLeague. Please see our grant section below for more details on this new program.
Much like the student exchange, the EcoLeague Scholar in Residence program encourages faculty-to-faculty interactions so that individuals can work even more effectively on furthering ideas and projects. While in the past this program has mostly involved short (3-14 day) visits, for the 2015-2016 year Northland College and Dickinson College are participating in the first extended faculty exchange. Faculty may also choose to visit another college during his/her sabbatical. During these visits, the visiting faculty member may meet with others in their field, give a guest lecture to students, give a formal presentation to the college, work with students on various projects, etc. Upon arriving home, the faculty member discusses his/her experience with colleagues via an informal presentation.
To learn more about exchange opportunities, contact the EcoLeague Coordinator.
Faculty Development Grant Program
This program exists to promote collaborative teaching, curricular development and scholarly opportunities for EcoLeague faculty members. To help encourage and facilitate collaboration, faculty have access to a grant program to support faculty-initiated and collaborative curricular, creative research or service projects across the member colleges.
Grant Award Criteria
To be eligible for consideration, projects must:
- Involve faculty from at least two EcoLeague institutions;
- Highlight interdisciplinary, integrative, experiential or applied approaches;
- Results in a linked class, collaborative course, curricular program proposal, scholarly or creative presentation or publication;
- Include a plan for continued sustainability of the initiative, when appropriate.
Guidelines (maximum 3-pages)
Narrative grant proposals should be three pages or less and must include the following:
- Project title;
- Names, titles, and home institutions of the project participants;
- Overview of project and a description of its significance;
- Goals, objectives and outcome(s) of the project;
- Implementation plan and timeline;
- Budget (including costs associated with the project and stipends, if applicable).
Typically, grant awards will not exceed $3,500.
Due Dates & Submission
Applications for EcoLeague Grants are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Grant proposals should be convered into a PDF and mailed to [email protected].
Questions may also be forwarded to the coordinator.
Current Grant Projects
Snow Science Collaborative Programming
Faculty: David Lovejoy (Prescott College) and Eeva Latosuo (Alaska Pacific University)
This grant covers the development of a collaborative Snow Science curriculum. Funding includes travel and accommodation costs for the primary faculty to visit each other’s campus to meet with key administrators, staff, and other faculty involved in the development of the program, along with a partial stipend for additional workload in the creation of this project. The resulting pilot program will launch in the 2016-2017 academic year and span both campuses.
A Case Study of Changing Land Ownership in Northern Wisconsin
Faculty: Davis Taylor (College of the Atlantic), Brandon Hofstedt (Northland College), and Jonathan Martin (Northland College)
This grant funds the creation of an interdisciplinary working team to craft proposals for funding to address the issue of changing forest ownership, along with the collection of case studies of the effects of deindustrialization of northern forests on rural economies. Monies for Professor Taylor to visit Northland College in fall 2015, as well as a small stipend for research support for the faculty team, will culminate in shared course modules dealing with forest ecology, forest economics, and regional community sustainability.
Attending a professional conference? Connect with a colleague from an EcoLeague school for lunch or dinner, and EcoLeague will pick up the tab.
To promote relationship building and collaborations among EcoLeague schools, the EcoLeague consortium will reimburse faculty and staff who connect for a meal while they are attending a conference or workshop.
To make a conference connection, send a message to [email protected] identifying your position, the conference you will be attending, and when you will be in attendance at the conference.
The EcoLeague coordinator will track conference attendees and notify you if colleagues from other EcoLeague schools will be attending the same conference.