The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Office for Sustainability Division of Finance and Administration

International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ICSAC) Conference

Registration Deadline April 20, 2017  DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR REGISTRATION THROUGH APRIL 27, 2017!  

Español--
EL PLAZO DE REGISTRO SE AH EXTENDIDO HASTA EL 27 DE ABRIL DEL 2017! 

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is working in partnership with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), hosting an intensive two-day faculty development program entitled the International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ICSAC) Conference. Growing out of our university’s successful Project Sin Fronteras, the program has a common goal that brings together faculty from all fields, allowing for an exchange of ideas nurturing an enriching collaborative atmosphere. This interdisciplinary exercise helps faculty to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems, or solutions into new or existing courses. Drawn from experienced faculty and professionals on issues of sustainability, environment, and curriculum, these instructional materials, activities, and presentations will support the education for sustainable development in higher education. 

International faculty, and faculty from across the nation, are invited to join local, state, national, and global participants, providing international experiences while opening a range of collaborative and networking opportunities for all. 

The conference is made possible through the generous support of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Office for Global Engagement, and the Office of the Provost- Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop Description

Integrating sustainability’ into a course means adapting both content and pedagogy to create a learning experience that is more interdisciplinary, experiential, and focused on authentic problem-solving. How can instructors juggle all of these demands without abandoning disciplinary expertise designing a syllabus from scratch?

In this hands-on, fast-paced workshop, participants will 1) develop a transdisciplinary framing of sustainability relevant to their discipline, and 2) (re)design an existing or planned syllabus using a guided, hands-on process. Through this process, participants will:

  • Use sustainability concepts as overlays to reorient content.
  • Define transdisciplinary outcomes
  • Develop experiential instructional approaches
  • Create a course sequence that unfolds as a narrative, bringing learners through a process of engagement, deep inquiry, decision-making, and positive action.
  • Apply a “backwards design” process to align outcomes, instruction and assessment.

The program will provide opportunities to share insights with peers within and across disciplines.  Participants should bring an existing or planned syllabus. Depending on the scale of their course redesign, participants will walk away with a course makeover or a firm blueprint for completing one.

Participants will receive an instructional design booklet with support tools and frameworks.

Who Should Apply?

Open to all faculty from institutions globally. 

International faculty, and faculty from across the nation, are invited to join local, state, national, and global participants, providing international experiences while opening a range of collaborative and networking opportunities for all. Participation across all academic disciplines is encouraged. 

Registration begins March 17, 2017. Deadline is April 20, 2017. The cost for registration is $500 USD and includes two full days of training, instructional materials, activities, and food (continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks). For the 2017 cohort, UTRGV faculty’s fees will be waived. Two full days completion are required for this program certificate. Faculty members will be required to submit a copy of their syllabus and their curriculum vitae they will be using during the exercise. Please submit this to sustainability@utrgv.edu no later than May 17, 2017. We recommend all faculty bring their laptops, but it is not required.

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Ms. Susan SantoneMs. Susan Santone is the founder and Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions. A former classroom teacher, she specializes in instructional design and training for sustainability, ecological economics, and cultural issues. She is also an adjunct instructor in Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she taught “Schools in a Diverse and Democratic Society” and “Teaching Ecological Economics.” She earned teacher certificates in social studies, music, and TESOL; and has a Master’s Degree in Intercultural and International Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Dr. Amy HayDr. Amy Hay is an associate professor of history at UTRGV. Hay’s research interests focus on medicine and the environment, women and gender, and activism and public policy. She has published articles examining gender, citizenship, and religious activism in relation to the Love Canal chemical disaster, a “discovery” of over 22,000 tons of toxic chemicals buried under the homes and schools of Niagara Falls, New York. The University of Rochester Press has sent her book manuscript, Recipe for Disaster: Chemical Wastes, Community Activists, and Public Health at Love Canal, out for external review.



Day 1 - Friday Day 2 - Saturday
8:00 am Continental breakfast and sign in 8:00 am Continental breakfast and sign in
8:30 am Welcome 8:30 am Welcome back
9:00 am Session 1 9:00 am Session 5
10:15 am Break 10:15 am Break
12:00 noon Lunch 12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm Session 3 1:30 pm Session 7
1:00 pm Session 3 1:30 pm Session 7
2:15 pm Break 2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Session 4 2:30 pm Session 8
5:00 pm Close for the day 2:30 pm Session 9 - Highlights & Evaluation
Evening Dinner on your own 5:00 pm Closing remarks



Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton at the McAllen Convetion CenterThe 2017 ICSAC Conference will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton at the McAllen Convention Center on May 19-20, 2017, from 8 am-5 pm each day. The workshop will end at 5 pm on Saturday, May 20. A limited number of rooms will be blocked at the hotel at a reduced rate of $94 USD per day, so book your rooms early! More information may be found on the Embassy Suites website. Please mention UTRGV-ICSAC—International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Conference when making your reservation to get the discount! The group rate ($94 USD) will be allowed and accepted three (3) days pre-arrival and three (3) days post group dates.

You may redeem and earn valuable reward points in Hilton Honors. The hotel provides these complimentary amenities for its guests: self-parking, use of the Hilton
Connectivity Station, use of the Fitness Center, in-room internet for all group members, Hotel Airport Shuttle to/from the McAllen Miller International Airport, “Made to order” Breakfast Buffet, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, and a Manager’s Reception each evening with complimentary light appetizers and beverages.

Hotel

Airports:

  • McAllen Miller International Airport, 2500 S. Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen TX (this is the CLOSEST airport to the hotel and conference).
  • Rio Grande Valley International Airport, 3002 Heritage Way, Harlingen, TX (this is 45 minutes away and this will require additional
     Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton at the McAllen Convention Center transportation (not included).



Refunds will be given only two weeks before the starting date of the program. Refunds require 4-6 weeks to process. No refunds will be given on or after the first day of the conference. If you request a refund for any reason, a full refund will be given less $100.00 processing fee and any late charges. If the conference is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, a full refund will be given less a $50.00 administrative fee.


Cancelaciones y reembolsos

Los reembolsos por cancelación se procesarán (no antes de) dos semanas previas al inicio del programa, y el proceso tomará de 4 a 6 semanas. No se procesarán reembolsos por cancelación a partir del primer día del congreso. Si se solicita un reembolso por cualquier motivo, se regresará el monto en su totalidad, a excepción de una tasa administrativa de 100 dólares estadounidenses, al igual que los cargos por mora que correspondieran. Si el congreso se cancelara a causa de falta de asistencia, se reembolsará el importe en su totalidad, a excepción de una tasa administrativa de 50 dólares estadounidenses.




For questions, contact:

Devon Hernandez
Program Coordinator
Phone:
(956) 882-7349
Email: devon.hernandez@utrgv.edu

1201 W. University Ave
ITTB 1.404R Edinburg TX 78539
Phone: (956) 665-3030
Email: sustainability@utrgv.edu