Published: Feb. 7, 2017

Like many faculty members everywhere, Environmental Studies Program Assistant Professor Peter Newton had very little hands-on teaching experience when he began his current position at CU Boulder. While research came as second nature, teaching was something else entirely.

He found much-needed support and ideas through the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP) on campus, and even won a course-development grant from the New Assistant Professor Program (NAPP). With the objective of increasing student engagement in his undergraduate course on sustainable food systems, Newton organized a field trip to a local farm and devised experiential learning assignments—such as requiring students to eat sustainably and ethically for a week and document their experiences. Not only did students seem more engaged, the course met the learning objectives....


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