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Thursday, April 19, 2012

James M. Lang Blog: Occasional reflections on higher education, religion, literature, and music

On Course

Teaching and Speaking
I am an Associate Professor of English, and the Director of the College Honors Program, at Assumption College.

I give frequent workshops and lectures on teaching in higher education. In the fall of 2011 I gave the keynote at a
teaching conference at the University of Houston and visited Oxford College at Emory University. In the late spring of 2012 I will be back at Oxford for their Institute of Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts; in June I will be on the faculty of Ken Bain's Best Teachers Summer Institute. August 2012 is shaping up to be a particulary busy month, with keynote talks at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

I am a member of the
Fulbright Specialist Program's roster from 2011-2016. Overseas institutions interested in putting together a proposal should consult the website for information on how to request a roster specialist.
I write a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education. I have written three books: On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008), Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005), and Learning Sickness: A Year with Crohn's Disease (Capital Books, 2004). I am currently at work on a book about cheating in higher education, which is scheduled for publication in 2013 by Harvard University Press. My personal essays and nonfiction writing have appeared in lots of places, from The Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune to America and Notre Dame Magazine.


AASHE Events: Final Call for AASHE Presenters and Reviewers, Conference Pricing Announced + More!

Upcoming Events
APR 24 2012 - 2:00PM - APR 24 2012 - 3:00PM EDT
MAY 10 2012 - 1:15PM - MAY 10 2012 - 2:15PM EDT
JUN 5 2012 - JUN 5 2012 (ALL DAY)
In the 4/19/2012 Issue of AASHE Events: AASHE 2012
Other Conferences

AASHE 2012

Conference Pricing Announced, Specials and One Day Passes Added!
Pricing for 2012 AASHE Conference and Student Summit registration is now listed online. Learn more about discounts, early bird specials, and the addition of one-day passes!
Deadline Extended for AASHE Conference and Student Summit Submissions

April 30: Call for Presentations and Reviewers Closes

Don’t miss North America’s largest campus sustainability conference October 14-17, 2012 in Los Angeles! Learn more about AASHE 2012: Investing in the Future Conference and EXPO and AASHE Student Summit: Engaging the Future.
For the full Call for Presentations, download the Submitters Packet.
Accepting Applications: AASHE 2012 Awards Program
AASHE invites applications for its
2012 sustainability awards. AASHE will present four Campus Sustainability Case Study Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, two Student Research on Campus Sustainability Awards and one Faculty Leadership Award. All winners will be announced at the AASHE 2012 conference and will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Applications will be accepted through July 2.


STARS Webinar: Best Practices from the Curriculum Subcategory
webinar will highlight case studies from STARS participants that illustrate best practices for approaching credits in the Curriculum subcategory including ER 5: Sustainability Course Inventory, ER 6: Sustainability-Focused Courses, and ER 7: Sustainability-Related Courses. The webinar will take place 2 p.m. Eastern, April 24. RSVP for this event.
AASHE Rio +20 Webinar: Increasing Collaboration to Build a Sustainable Future
Co-produced by AASHE, this
webinar is the first in the Security and Sustainability Forum's "Run up to Rio +20" webinar series. AASHE's Executive Director Paul Rowland will host a panel of academic and industry thought leaders in a discussion about existing sustainability initiatives and collaborative efforts, and how they can be augmented to help meet the goals being established at the United Nations Rio +20 Summit. The webinar will take place 1:15 p.m. Eastern, May 10.
CURC Recycling Webinar: Campus and Community Outreach
"Recycling Education and Awareness: Tools, Tips and Ideas for Campus and Community Outreach," hosted by the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) and co-sponsored by AASHE, will cover tools and communications strategies specific to college campuses. Participants will learn how to increase program visibility through national events including Recyclemania; maximize reach through collaborations with campus-based and community organizations; and effectively utilize social media and other free communications tools. This
webinar will take place 1:00 p.m. Eastern, May 10.


Interested in hosting a workshop with AASHE or being contacted about new workshop registrations that are opening? Please contact Cindy Thomashow, AASHE Education Manager.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
April 27: Application Deadline Extended

AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. This workshop will be hosted June 26-27, at San Diego State University.
Submit your application now!
Workshop for Integrating Sustainability into Education, San Diego, CA
May 15: Deadline to Register

This three-day workshop, to be held June 4-6, in San Diego, CA, and allows academic faculty to explore how they can meaningfully integrate sustainability, which is broadly defined, into their classrooms. Presentations on sustainable agriculture, sustainable communities, and biomimicry; a visit to the San Diego Zoo; a presentation on sustainability initiatives at Balboa Park; a Kumeyaay exhibit and presentation at the Museum of Man; and an optional excursion to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, with tour and canoeing/kayaking afterwards.
Limited to 40 participants, register now!
Sustainability and Curriculum Design: Place-based Case Study Approach, U Alberta
This intensive 2.5 day workshop, June 12-14, will allow participants to creatively engage with sustainability and each other in their roles as educators, curriculum designers and mentors. Through a highly collaborative process participants from multiple disciplines will bridge the breadth and complexity of sustainability with learning goals and pedagogical practices.
Learn more about this workshop, registration opening shortly.
Campus Sustainability Professionals Retreat, Arbor Day Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE
Held June 24-26, this retreat will offer professional development and support for staff managing institutional transformation for sustainability in higher education. Attendees will build relationships, develop leadership and change management skills and generate ideas to contribute to the development of the field. The event will provide space for learning tangible skills, sharing best practices, and learning from each other and from those with more experience.
Learn more about this retreat, registration opening shortly.

Other Conferences

SEI Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit
Hosted by the Sustainable Endowments Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge in partnership with AASHE,
this summit, held May 15, will bring together university and foundation presidents, trustees, senior administrators and sustainability directors from across the country. Themed "Transforming Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Expenses to High Return Investments," the event will focus on higher education institutions as pivotal points to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate the budget benefits of green revolving funds.


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