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.

2017 Cohort

  • Dr. Hussein Abaza’s project is Sustainability as a mean for Environmental Justice. The project will promote sustainability as an environmental justice at KSU and the surrounding communities. The project focuses on helping low-income families to reduce their electric and water bills. Currently, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other organizations provide a limited number of needy families with funds to cover their energy cost. This project aims at establishing a collaboration between utilities companies, energy assistant programs and KSU sustainability groups to provide education for these families on how to reduce their utilities bills.
  • Dr. Lisa Adams is conducting a water monitoring study on the creek that runs along the periphery of campus and developing a new sampling program for the Oasis. The Oasis is a man-made pond that serves as a hands-on outdoor classroom located in the College of Science and Mathematics’ Courtyard. 
  • Dr. Beth Giddens is coordinating a Faculty Learning Community (Faculty Learning Community) focused on “Teaching Sustainability Across Colleges.” The FLC is sponsored by KSU's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The purpose of the FLC is to explore ways to deliver sustainability content to all KSU students. In addition, she is working to bring together English Department colleagues and students who are interested in sustainability coursework and research in a roundtable discussion.
  • Dr. Ermal Shpuza is analyzing open spaces in KSU campuses to gauge their potential for social sustainability and fostering of academic culture. The project combines spatial analysis with site observations of campuses in the current condition and recent masterplan.

2016 Cohort

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.