For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)

Media Alert: Academic Professional Societies to Gather for Convocation on Infusing Issues of Sustainability in Undergraduate Teaching, Learning, and Curricular Innovation

Convocation at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC is Culminating Event for "Sustainability Improves Student Learning"

Sep 4, 2013


Sustainability Improves Student Learning Convocation


September 19-20, 2013


National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope, AAC&U's STEM Higher Education Reform Center, in cooperation with The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) and Mobilizing STEM Education for a Sustainable Future, is sponsoring a convocation at the National Academy of Sciences as the culminating event of a national initiative, Sustainability Improves Student Learning.

Educational leaders and practitioners from a wide array of disciplines will gather to learn how professional societies can act as agents of change to contextualize teaching and learning in terms of 21st- century sustainability challenges. Societies participating in the initiative have worked to infuse the concepts of sustainability into their programs, conferences, member activities, and professional development opportunities. The convocation will highlight innovative curricular approaches and explore ways to continue cross-disciplinary collaboration within and beyond STEM to engage students by connecting undergraduate teaching and learning with sustainability and other pressing global challenges.

Speakers include:

Beth Cunningham, Executive Director, American Association of Physics Teachers
Ben Galluzzo, Professor, Mathematics, Shippensburg University
Michael Goldweber, Professor, Computer Science, Xavier University
Robin Hailstorks, Associate Executive Director, Precollege & Undergraduate Programs, American Psychological Association
Bill Kelly, Director, External Affairs, American Society for Engineering Education
Frank Niepold, co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Communications and Education Interagency Working Group and Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office
Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin, Executive Director, National Association of Biology Teachers
Corrine Taylor, Director, Quantitative Reasoning Program, Wellesley College

Selected disciplinary associations participating include:

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 
American Chemical Society (ACS) 
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) 
American Psychological Association (APA) 
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) 
Mathematical Association of America (MAA) 
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
National Numeracy Network (NNN)
Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education at ACM (SIGCSE)

Additional professional societies representing a broad array of disciplines will be attending. The attendees will discuss how academic professional societies and other national education associations can continue to work together to better educate for a more sustainable future. See the complete program and listing of speakers at:
Learn more about PKAL and the Sustainability Improves Student Learning project at: Learn more about the sustainability teaching and learning resources made available by the initiative here:

Funding for this event and for the "Sustainability Improves Student Learning" initiative is provided by grant #P116B100142 from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) at the U.S. Department of Education.

The meeting is open to credentialed media. Press passes are required. Please contact Carrie Johnson at by September 16th to receive press passes to the meeting.