UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC


The Curriculum Speaker Selection Committee is seeking proposals from those who have crossed silos within their institutions to create sustainable change, infused concepts of sustainability into curriculum, and/or pursued research questions related to sustainability. We are especially excited about speakers that have created a connection across academic, operational departments, and/or communities. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

We are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Promoting social and environmental responsibility through the classroom
  • Infusing sustainability into the curriculum, including programs to encourage/support faculty to do so and individual case studies where faculty infused sustainability into a course
  • Translating curriculum into action on and off campus
  • Overcoming institutional obstacles to curriculum and academic program development
  • Best practices and lessons learned in academic program development (new minors, majors, emphases, graduate programs, undergraduate programs, general education initiatives, etc.)
  • Service learning and project-based learning

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Curriculum” on the left hand side of the screen to see the curriculum related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in academics or one of our other categories this year.  We have awards focused on interdisciplinary work; arts, humanities, & social science; and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.