Earth Ethics Institute

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) For Faculty

Why Join the GSELS Learning Network?

It is not an exaggeration to say that we are currently in the midst of a global crisis. Environmental degradation is rampant, species planet-wide are facing extinction, and climate change presents threats we are only beginning to understand. As our students enter the public sphere, it is imperative that they be able to face the challenges ahead; faculty leadership is more crucial than ever at this time. 

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) acknowledges the interconnections and interdependence of the personal, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and political aspects of our world. Collaboratively, students, faculty, administrators, and staff explore the significance of human activity within an evolving Universe and Earth. Through shared leadership, this nurturing learning community facilitates the emergence of awareness, knowledge, skills and solutions necessary to create sustainable systems that support a healthy and just economy, society, culture and environment, while fostering values of Earth ethics, social justice, cultural diversity, and civic engagement.

By offering GSELS-designated classes, faculty provide opportunities for students to engage in GSELS and work toward GSELS Scholar recognition.

How to Become a GSELS Professor

Through EEI/CIOL Professional Development (PD), faculty are empowered to infuse their classes with Earth Literacy and global sustainability content. GSELS Certified faculty have completed 36 hours of EEI/CIOL PD. GSELS Eligible faculty have started this process, and may offer GSELS-designated classes while working toward 36 hours of EEI/CIOL PD, provided that the class meets at least 3 of the GSELS Criteria for Inclusion

Once a faculty member has taken one EEI/CIOL workshop or meets any of the criteria below, they may designate GSELS classes, with the understanding that they will complete the GSELS certification process within three years.

GSELS certification is based upon fulfilling just one of the following:

  • Complete 36 hours of EEI/CIOL workshops, including a minimum of 4 hours of EEI/CIOL Faculty Immersion
  • Complete any Earth Literacy/sustainability graduate class in collaboration with EEI (offered by FIU or STU)
  • Demonstrate an expertise in Earth Literacy and/or sustainability through publishing, course creation, etc.
  • Faculty may also be certified by the EEI Director or the EEI National Advisory Board

Faculty who teach GSELS-designated classes agree to promote the program and explain to students how to participate in the GSELS learning network. Experienced GSELS faculty may serve as mentors. Please contact the EEI Director if you are interested.

See GSELS Faculty Status 

Register Your GSELS Classes

Registering your GSELS classes is vitally important to the program. It allows students to see which GSELS classes are available at their campus each term and also allows us to track student progress toward achieving GSELS Scholar status.

New: Fall 2023 GSELS class registration will be done through the Changemaker Hub. The Changemaker Hub is a platform that allows you to connect with Changemaking Education and Social Inovation programming, such as academic service-learning opportunities, the Civic Action Scorecard, and special events and activities, as well as with non-profit community partners. 

MDC faculty may log into the Changemaker Hub using their MDC credentials. Faculty should find in the Hub a page for each of their classes. GSELS class registration is now as simple as adding the appropriate GSELS "causes" to your Changemaker Hub class pages. Please click here for instructions: How To Register GSELS Classes on the Changemaker Hub

Faculty, please register each class section individually. If you would like assistance, do not hesitate to contact an EEI team member.