A Faculty Workshop for Sustainability

2016 Valley & Ridge Group

Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

In collaboration with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Dickinson is hosting our 2017 Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop and has opened applications to undergraduate faculty from other colleges and universities to participate alongside the Dickinson faculty cohort. Faculty that are thinking about integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into their undergraduate teaching are encouraged to apply no later than March 31, 2017.

Valley & Ridge brings together faculty members from all academic disciplines to work collaboratively to introduce and enhance sustainability content in new and existing courses across the curriculum. Sponsored by Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education, and now in its 10th year, this workshop has helped over 70 Dickinson faculty connect the subject areas of their teaching with sustainability using active learning pedagogies such as place-based & experiential education.

The Valley and Ridge Project at Dickinson takes its name from the physiographic region within which the College lies, which is marked by the Allegheny Plateau to the north and west, South Mountain to the south and east, and Cumberland Valley in-between. The project got its impetus from Dickinson’s participation in the Shared Futures and Sustainability Initiatives of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Valley and Ridge Project is modeled after the Piedmont Project of Emory University and the Ponderosa Project of Northern Arizona University.

Faculty Engagement through Participation: 

  • Examine the concept of sustainability, its varied interpretations, and connections with different fields of study;
  • Create new or modify existing courses to integrate sustainability across the curriculum;
  • Use their local environment and community to teach a sense of place; 
  • Connect service learning, community-based research & living laboratory programs to sustainability;
  • Learn how to use their campus and its sustainability programs as teaching resources;
  • Explore transdisciplinary connections to other faculty and programs within their institution and beyond;
  • Share resources for developing and enhancing sustainability content in courses.


  • We seek undergraduate faculty from any and all academic disciplines looking to incorporate sustainability into their teaching.
  • Dickinson faculty and faculty from other insitutions are encouraged to apply.
  • Space is limited.
  • May 22-24, 2017; Non-Dickinson faculty will begin at Noon on May 22, Dickinson faculty will begin at 5:00 pm on May 22.
  • Cost: $95 for Non-Dickinsonains only. All food and transportation during the workshop is provided. Payment arrangements will be made upon acceptance.
  • Dickinson faculty receive a stipend, and may attend at no cost.
  • Participants must cover travel to and from Dickinson and lodging (if applicable).

Contact sustainability@dickinson.edu or 717. 245. 1117 for more information.