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Sustainability in Teaching and Research (STAR) Symposium

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A Symposium on Curricular and Scholarly Innovations based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Exploring National and International Efforts Toward Equity, Coastal and Climate Futures, Sustainability and Social Justice, and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

June 2-3, 2023 | Monmouth University

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline January 15, 2023

Monmouth University invites proposals for a multidisciplinary symposium exploring key Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the member states of the United Nations (UN) in 2015. The symposium will include pedagogical and scholarly papers on certain key themes of the SDGs and hopes to bring together educators, researchers, policy-makers, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students from around the world who are working toward attaining global sustainability. There is a possibility of selected papers based on peer review to be included in a post-symposium edited book. The symposium will be held in-person on the beautiful Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with optional virtual sessions available.

Proposals are now being accepted for papers, panels, roundtables, policy solutions and presentations exploring how sustainability challenges and solutions are being experimented and explored in teaching and research. The UN Sustainability Goals provide a guide to the global goals and challenges to sustainability that the UN member countries have identified.

About the SDGs

In September 2015, the 193 United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs launched 17 goals which set a 15-year global agenda geared toward a more inclusive, sustainable future for all. At its core, these goals seek to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet for future generations.

About the STAR Symposium

The Sustainability in Teaching and Research (STAR) symposium, hosted at Monmouth University on June 2-3, will consist of a multidisciplinary representation of pedagogical and scholarly work anchored in the SDGs, primarily those that are geared toward equity (GOALS 1, 5, 8 and 10); environmental and climate action on land and below water (GOALS 6, 7, 13, 14 & 15); sustainability, inclusivity and social justice (GOALS 3, 4, 9, 11 & 16); global partnerships and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development (GOAL 17); and the alignments with the other SDGs as relevant.

The SDGs also unleashed a collaborative process that involves governments, businesses, civil society and citizens in a collaborative commitment to secure a sustainable future for all nations and peoples. Educational institutions, which serve communities by creating knowledge platforms and action plans for the betterment of society, are at the heart of the success of the SDGs and our common futures. This symposium is geared toward attracting and sharing information on pedagogical and curricular innovations and research projects that incorporate and implement the SDGs. Following the symposium, selected and peer-reviewed submissions will be compiled into a peer-reviewed edited volume to be published by an academic publisher.

Symposium registration, travel, and lodging information will be forthcoming. There will be no registration fee, but registration will be required for attendance and participation. Details will be available soon.

Key Dates

  • January 15, 2023: Deadline for abstracts.
  • February 7, 2023: Symposium presenters notified.
  • May 15, 2023: Working paper deadlines.
  • June 2-3, 2023: STAR Symposium at Monmouth University.
  • June 15, 2023: Selected paper notifications sent to potential authors for the edited volume.
  • August 1, 2023: Final papers/chapters due for edited volume.
  • September 2023-May 2024 (tentative): Revise/finalize papers for publication.

Monmouth a UNAI and UGC Member

Monmouth University is a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution. The initiative aligns institutions of higher education with the U.N. in supporting and contributing to the realization of its goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. Click here to learn more about the UNAI and its principles.

In addition, Monmouth University is a University Global Coalition signatory. The aim of the University Global Coalition is to form a global platform of universities and other higher education organizations committed to working together and in partnership with the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and other relevant organizations, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals both locally and globally through their education, research, and service missions.

Symposium Conveners

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Rekha Datta, Ph.D.

Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences

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Jiwon Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor;
Social Studies and Foundations of Education

Nikita Burrows

Nikita Burrows, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Anna Sadovnikova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Symposium Sponsors

The STAR Symposium will be hosted under the joint auspices of Monmouth University’s Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, School of Education, Institute for Global Understanding, Leon Hess School of Business, Urban Coast Institute, and Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Abstract Details

Within a limit of 250 words, abstracts on pedagogical innovations and scholarly research are welcome. Papers should explore how educators are incorporating the SDGs in their teaching (curricular, extracurricular) and scholarly work. Papers can be addressed from multidisciplinary perspectives, including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, social work, business, education, and health-related fields. Some suggested topics and examples for the symposium from the fields of science, technology, education, social sciences, humanities and creative arts, health studies, social work, and business include the following:

  • Sustaining Global Health – COVID- 19 and Beyond
  • Sustainable Economies and International Development
  • War, Peace, Security, and Global Environmental Challenges
  • Urban and Coastal Conservation through Research, Teaching, and Policy
  • Global Compact and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Global Partnerships
  • Reducing Income Gaps and Poverty 
  • Women and the Environment
  • Gender Inequality and Gender Based Violence as Challenges to Sustainability
  • Sustainable Solutions for Climate Crisis through Science and Technology
  • Sustainable Solutions Climate Crisis through Research, Planning, and Policies
  • Globalization, Development, and Sustainability
  • Historical and Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability
  • Social Justice and Human Rights as Key to Sustainability
  • Success Stories, Advocacy, Knowledge Sharing and Best Practice Models of Sustainability Projects and Policies in Local and Global Communities
  • Education as Essential to Sustainability
  • Creative Expressions and Reflections for a Sustainable Future
  • The Media and Sustainability
  • How lesson plans can include sustainability education
  • Sustainability Education in K-12
  • Role of Universities in Sustainability through Teaching and Research

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