It All Connects to Climate

For the Climate and Sustainability Teaching Fellows, the connections are myriad

Collage of headshots of faulty members with logos for Duke Learning Innovation and Duke Climate Commitment

As the fellows resume their workshops on the second day and are asked what they found in their course materials that didn’t relate to climate change, sheepish smiles emerge. 

“Nothing,” says Giovacchini. “It all connects to climate.”  

Supported By

Gifts from Mike and Karen Stone and Jeff and Laurie Ubben, the Climate and Sustainability Teaching Fellows Program is expected to run again in Summer 2024 with a new cohort of teaching fellows. A call for proposals will be issued in late fall 2023. This program reflects the goal of the Duke Climate Commitment to educate and empower a generation of climate- and sustainability-fluent changemakers. Through its Climate Commitment, Duke seeks to imagine, design and implement a sustainable future for all.  

2023-2024 Climate and Sustainability Teaching Fellows

  • Laura Florand
    Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies
    FRENCH 204: Advanced Intermediate French 
  • Coral Giovacchini
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Internal Medicine Residency Program 
  • Natalie Kerr
    Assistant Research Professor of Biology
    BIOLOGY 209: Ecology for a Changing Planet 
  • Robin Kirk
    Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology
    CULANTH 104D: Introduction to Human Rights 
  • Catherine Mathers
    Associate Professor of the Practice in International Comparative Studies
    ICS 195: Critical Approaches to Global Issues 
  • Denise Nepveux
    Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
    OTD 505: Assembling, Creating, and Translating Knowledge I
  • Siobhan Oca
    Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
    ME 555: Case Studies of Ethics in Automation and Robotics  
  • Valerie Sabol
    Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing
    NURSING 536: Obesity Across the Lifespan 
  • Christopher Sims
    Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
    DOCST 101: Traditions in Documentary Studies 
  • Sandra Valnes Quammen
    Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies
    FRENCH 111: Intensive Elementary French 
  • Rebecca Vidra
    Senior Lecturer in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation
    ENVIRON 102: Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Policy 
  • Norbert Wilson
    Professor of Food, Economics and Community
    PARISH 820: Food Policy