Sustainability Faculty Fellows

In fall 2016, KSU welcomed its first cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows. Under this one-year fellowship, select faculty will focus on sustainability research, curriculum development, and projects. This program was made possible thanks to The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

This program was launched by KSU’s Sustainability Director, Dr. RC Paul, and builds on his annual faculty workshop: Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Below is a list of this year’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows and a brief summary of their proposed projects.

Funded by The Office of Academic Affairs:

  • Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman: Developing an inaugural platform for student presentations on proposed sustainability initiatives for KSU (aka “Owl Planet Projects”), and identifying other ways to further integrate sustainability topics into coursework and research.
  • Ed Akins: Overseeing the launch of LEED Lab, a “multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate ... green building leaders.” Through a partnership between KSU’s College of Architecture and Construction Management and Agnes Scott, students will complete Existing Building Operation and Maintenance LEED certification for an actual private-sector building, will be able to add practical experience to their portfolios, and will be better equipped to pursue professional credentials relevant to future employment.
  • Dr. Maria Kalamas Hedden: Developing a Green Marketing Course that will be offered through the Department of Marketing and Professional Sales, Coles College of Business. The course will expose students to sustainability in business and to specific opportunities and challenges marketers will face with regards to "green" issues.

Funded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Dr. Pegah Zamani: Seeking to bridge the gap between theoretical design and practical performance of sustainable systems through on-campus case studies and projects; specifically, students will consult with staff from the Division of Facilities Services to design a site plan utilizing green infrastructure as part of an elective course “Ecological Design: Diversity and Complexity.”
  • Dr. Roneisha Worthy: Developing the “ecoPartners Program”, a network of KSU volunteers, to proactively address equity issues by collectively training environmental change agents from diverse backgrounds to advocate for equitable and environmentally-sound decision-making and behaviors at the university level.