Published: January 28th, 2009

Category: Memos

Joseph Glover, Provost and Senior Vice President

In November 2008 President Machen announced a strategic initiative in sustainability, with the goal of encouraging faculty to consider developing a nationally recognized interdisciplinary academic program balanced between teaching, research, and academic service, utilizing UF’s already deep resources in this area. He appointed Professor Kim Tanzer to work through his office, in collaboration with Provost’s Fellow and Professor Tom Ankersen to develop the initiative with the help of UF faculty, by May 2009.

Faculty workshops in sustainability will be held in order to assure wide-spread faculty participation across the university. The first workshop on February 23 will focus on curriculum, including teaching and learning, university-wide programs, and service learning. The second workshop on February 24 will focus on collaborative research. Contact Kim Tanzer, to attend.

Sustainability coursework at UF In addition, Tanzer and Ankersen are working to catalogue UF’s existing coursework in this area, and to consider a university-wide service learning program. Please review the current catalogue of sustainability focused and sustainability related courses, found at If your course is not included on the list, you may send your information to Tom Ankersen at Information should include faculty name, department name and department chair, course number and course description.

Sustainability and service learning at UF If you or one of your colleagues teaches a course (undergraduate or graduate) incorporating service learning from a sustainability perspective, please send information about the course to Tom Ankersen at

Please see the UF Sustainability Web site ( for more information about these workshops and initiatives.

Please share this memo with all interested colleagues.

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