Faculty and staff development lies at the core of the Shi Institute. The current thinking and values that have led to unsustainable development must change, and this requires education for sustainability across the curriculum. As an interdisciplinary hub, the institute serves as a central convener, facilitator, and educator, offering a robust faculty and staff development program centered on a series of monthly gatherings and workshops and an annual national workshop. These programs educate faculty and staff about sustainability and facilitate their use of innovative and effective curricular pedagogies that support active and participatory student sustainability learning, like collaborative small group learning, inquiry based learning, experiential learning, service learning, and place-based learning.
The Faculty Affiliates
With more than 65 faculty spanning almost every department on campus, the Faculty Affiliate program is designed to stimulate interdisciplinary conversation, faculty development, and collaboration around campus and community sustainability through monthly gatherings and regular workshops.
Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Furman University is one of AASHE’s 14 International Centers for Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The goal of each center is to work with faculty to infuse sustainability into their curriculum.
Green Office Program
Offices represent a significant portion of campus energy and material use and waste production. The Green Office Program is a voluntary program which engages departments in self-guided initiatives aimed to increase the sustainability of offices and workspaces across campus.