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Valley & Ridge Workshop

May 21, 2024

If you are thinking about integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into your teaching, the Valley & Ridge Faculty Study Group is for you.

Come join the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) and other colleagues for the Valley & Ridge faculty study group where we will learn from each other and share ideas for incorporating sustainability into teaching and curricula. The Valley & Ridge Study Group brings together faculty members from all academic divisions to work collaboratively in introducing and enhancing sustainability content into new and existing courses. Now in its 16th year, this workshop has helped over 135 Dickinson faculty members connect the subject areas of their teaching with sustainability using active learning pedagogies such as place-based & experiential education since 2008!

For 2024, we plan to have Valley & Ridge be in person and open to educators from other institutions. We are planning a safe, in person workshop but space is limited so APPLY NOW. 

Valley & Ridge Workshop Website (includes all details and application form)

Apply Now: No Later than March 18, 2024.

Participants will benefit in the following ways:

  • Examine the concept of sustainability, its varied interpretations, and connections with different fields of study.
  • Develop strategies to connect sustainability to civic engagement, global education and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Use the local environment and community to teach a sense of place and explore high impact practices.
  • Create new or modify existing courses to integrate sustainability across the curriculum. See past projects here.
  • Explore Dickinson's sustainability-related co-curricular programs.
  • Learn how to use the campus and its sustainability programs as teaching resources.
  • Explore transdisciplinary connections to other faculty and programs within and beyond Dickinson.
  • Share resources for developing and enhancing sustainability content in courses and fulfilling the sustainability course graduation requirement.
  • Network and collaborate with other innovative faculty.
  • Earn a $1,000 stipend (available only to Dickinson faculty members).

The Workshop Plan:

  • We seek faculty selected from all divisions of the college.
  • We will meet May 21-23, 2024 (schedule to come soon, but mostly 9:00 am to 5:00 pm).
  • We will meet again for a half day reconvene meetings in August 2024 (date TBD) at which time you will present your projects.
  • Local food will be provided as part of the workshop.
  • All participants must be accepted and agree to the Participant Agreement.
  • All applicants must APPLY HERE no later than March 18, 2024.

If you would like to participate, please check out the application process online or email Lindsey Lyons at


Further information

  • Location: Dickinson College
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Calendar Icon
  • Cost: Free