The Summerbridge Program:
The Summerbridge program is a faculty development experience at Earlham funded in part by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Center for Environmental Action. The purpose of the program is to infuse experiential, field-based teaching and learning across the curriculum particularly as it relates to environmental concerns (broadly defined). Each summer, a group of faculty from across the disciplines comes together for a learning expedition focused on a particular theme. The 2012 program involved a learning expedition to the Uinta Mountain Wilderness in northeastern Utah. 8 faculty members from across the disciplines spent 10 days learning about the contemporary context of teaching and learning in higher education, principles and methodologies of experiential education, and how to design and implement units and courses with field-based, experiential components. For more information about the 2012 program, see: "Pedagogies of Field-Based Teaching and Learning:"
Testimonials from the 2012 program:
"This program was a terrific experience. It provided an opportunity for a group of young faculty to forge stronger personal bonds built upon shared experience and their passion for teaching. I loved the opportunity to discuss and workshop experiential education options within my environmental studies courses."
"I really appreciated the opportunity to think about teaching and pedagogy with colleagues away from the business of Earlham. I enjoyed getting to know my colleagues much, much better. It has been a long time since I laughed so much!"
"I see new and extended value and appreciation for field-based and experiential education. Moreover, I am primed to implant these methods in my own courses."
The 2013 Summerbridge Program
Plans are underway for the 2013 program! Watch this space for more information soon!
Bibliography of readings from the 2012 program
Click here for Jay Roberts' Oct. 2011 presentation at the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference in Pittsburgh, PA: "Experiencing Sustainability: Thinking Deeper About Experiential Education in Higher Education"
Click here for a brief description of place-based education with a short resource reading list.