The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts encourages all faculty to incorporate sustainability into their teaching, research, and day-to-day actions. Many aspects of sustainability can be included in both the humanities and social sciences. The College provides resources to faculty who would like to start incorporating sustainability into their teaching and research and faculty who have been strong contributors to the field for years. For faculty, sustainable practices should have added meaning, as they counter claims of hypocrisy and set a good example for the University as a whole.
This award provides recognition to a faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts whose commitment to sustainability in their teaching, research or service is exceptional and best exemplifies professionalism and dedication to the mission of the College and the University. Faculty awardees have displayed exceptional commitment to sustainability in their teaching, research, or service or through an initiative that has enhanced sustainability in the College of the Liberal Arts. We seek self-nominations as well as nominations from department and program heads, supervisors, and coworkers for all types of work. The winner(s) will receive an engraved Nittany Lion statue and a one-time monetary award.
Dr. Mark Sentesy of Philosophy has led and supported many efforts to move PSU to a place where we are more fully and broadly addressing climate change. He researches ancient and modern concepts of nature and technology as a dynamic physical-economic-conceptual system, and health and environmental justice. He teaches students about climate change and environmental ethics in several courses. Dr. Sentesy has immersed himself in efforts that address climate change in service roles. He is a member of the CLA Sustainability Council and is an active faculty advisor for PSU’s “Awaken State.”
As an example of Awaken State’s activities, consistent with the faculty senate’s call to integrate climate change through the university curriculum, they have constructed and promoted “Climate Crossover.” In this activity, they ask faculty to devote at least one class to climate change and have encouraged students to bring up Climate issues in their classes. As another example, “Awaken State” inspired more than 30 people to creatively use “chalk art” on campus just before the November 2020 elections to encourage people to vote.
2021 – Mark Sentesy, Philosophy
2020 - Nancy Tuana, Philosophy
2019 - Janet K. Swim, Psychology
2018 - Robert Burkholder, English
2017 - Bryan McDonald, History