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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship

This global award-winning fellowship provides faculty with the opportunity to work with their colleagues and students to impact change through open pedagogy and community engagement.

This fellowship is designed to support faculty with creating renewable assignments (all of which will carry a Creative Commons license) to help students become agents of change in their own communities.

The fellowship's conceptual framework is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change and peace and justice. The SDGs are designed to achieve and maintain social justice and a sustainable future, with a target of the year 2030 set for the attainment of each goal.

Participating Institutions

Pima Community College partners with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Montgomery College (Maryland, USA), Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona, USA), the Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland, USA), Langara College in British Columbia (Canada) and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in British Columbia (Canada) are committed to supporting social justice through this international partnership in which faculty can work across institutions to maximize global impact.

Each fellowship team will include at least one faculty member from KPU and one faculty member from a partner institution.

About the Fellowship

Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments during the Summer semester. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during the subsequent academic year.

Faculty may be invited to present their assignments to the PCC community at appropriate venues (e.g., Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) or Faculty Senate). 

About Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education. An increasingly popular form of open pedagogy involves the design and use of renewable assignments. Renewable assignments (also known as non-disposable assignments) are those that add value to a student's world, live outside of the boundaries and beyond the duration of the course, and are likely to have a lasting impact (Seraphin et al., 2019Wiley, 2013).

About Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. The creation, adaptation, and adoption of OER supports equitable access to education.

How to Apply

The application window for 2021 has closed, but please check back for the application process for 2022.

Pima faculty interested in becoming a UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellow are welcome to discuss their interest with Dr. Josie Milliken, the Pima Coordinator and Point-of-Contact for the program, at

2021-2022 Fellowship Requirements

Each fellowship team will design three renewable assignments in Summer 2021. A minimum of two renewable assignments will be deployed in the classes of each fellowship team during Fall 2021. Faculty will be expected to present on their proposed assignments prior to their deployment.

A student showcase will take place during Spring 2022 (tentatively set for February 2022) in which a select number of students will present on how they improved their communities and achieved global justice through open pedagogy using the UN SDG framework.

Fellowship teams must include 2 to 3 instructors from different disciplines and different institutions so as to maximize student impact. It is anticipated that 10 teams will be selected. Each PCC faculty fellow will be compensated $1,000 at the end of the fellowship in 2022.

The table below lists the requirements of the fellowship:

Deliverable Deadline
4 Virtual Meetings, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021

3 Creative Commons Licensed Renewable Assignments
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Course Data Friday, October 1, 2021
Faculty Reflection Friday, December 17, 2021
3-Minute Student Video Friday, December 17, 2021
Faculty/Student Showcase Presentation (Optional) TBD in February 2022

Note: All meetings are held remotely. 

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