About

The vision of BASICS is to fundamentally transform the way institutions of higher education support transdisciplinary curriculum development. To this end, the goals of BASICS are three-fold:

  1. Faculty Perspectives: Build strategic capacity for institutional transformation by changing the attitudes and perspectives of individual and groups of faculty toward transdisciplinary teaching, learning, and collaborative curriculum development centered on the exceptionally complex problems of sustainability;
  2. Learn more about the materials
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    Curriculum Development: Produce and disseminate novel transdisciplinary curriculum modules focused on sustainability problems that can be used in a wide variety of STEM and business courses; and
  3. Student Learning: Develop the required knowledge, skills, and perspectives among future leaders and all students to address the intractable problems of sustainability.

Principal Investigators

David Szymanski, Lead-PI

Bentley University

Otgontsetseg Erhemjamts, Co-PI

Bentley University


Ellen Iverson, Co-PI

Carleton College

Melissa Lenczewski, Co-PI

Northern Illinois University


Christine Mooney, Co-PI

Northern Illinois University

Rick Oches, Co-PI

Bentley University


John Ritter, Co-PI

Wittenberg University

Rachel Wilson, Co-PI

Wittenberg University



Assessment and Web Dissemination

Jana Bouwma-Gearhart

Oregon State University

Caitlin Kepple

Oregon State University


Cindy Lenhart

Oregon State University

Mitchell Bender-Awalt

Carleton College


Danielle Solar

Bentley University


Current Participating Faculty


The Wicked Problem of Water Quality in the Mississippi River Watershed »

Bentley University

  • Ryan Bouldin, (Chemistry)
  • Jon Ericson (Information Design and Corporate Communications)
  • Laura Jackson Young (Economics)
  • Zoë F. Wagner (Natural and Applied Sciences)

Northern Illinois University

  • Theodore Hogan (Technology)
  • Anna Klis (Economics)
  • Bart Sharp (Entrepreneurship)
  • Wesley Swingley (Microbiology)

Wittenberg University

  • Lindsay Meermans (Business)
  • Nona Moskowitz (Sociology)



The Wicked Problem of a Sustainable Circular Economy »

Coming in Fall 2022

Bentley University

  • Zana Cranmer (Natural and Applied Sciences)
  • Tracy Noga (Accountancy)
  • Laurel Steinfield (Marketing)
  • Betsy Stoner (Natural and Applied Sciences)

Northern Illinois University

  • Bethany Cockburn (Management)
  • Furkan Gur (Entrepreneurship)
  • Emily McKee (Anthropology)
  • Tomoyuki Shibata (Public Health, Health Studies)

Wittenberg University

  • Timothy Bode (Business)
  • Amber Burgett (Biology)
  • Ross Jackson (Business)
  • Sunny Jeong (Business)
  • Stephanie A. Little (Psychology)
  • Richard Phillips (Biology)

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