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Eric (Rick) Oches is Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences at Bentley University. My teaching and research interests focus on environmental sustainability and public policy to foster a more sustainable future in the context of population growth, increasing natural resource consumption, environmental degradation, and global climate change. Over the last few years, my academic interests increasingly center on Earth and environmental science education for non-STEM students to foster improved science literacy. In collaboration with colleagues at Bentley University, Northern Illinois University and Wittenberg University, as well as partnerships with SERC and Oregon State Universtiy, we were recently awarded a 5-year NSF-IUSE ICT grant, Collaborative Research: Broadening the Fusion of STEM and Business Curricula in Undergraduate Sustainability Education, with the goal to enhance students’ abilities to address “wicked problems” in sustainability while developing faculty cultures of collaborative, transdisciplinary curriculum design. (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1914906&HistoricalAwards=false)
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Course Modules (6)
Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts part of Cli-Fi: Climate Science in Literary Texts
This module addresses both aspects of climate literacy: understanding of climate science through data analysis and interpretation, and understanding of literary tools and techniques through which climate science is ...
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Conference Presentations (3)
Toward Reciprocal Integration: Fusing STEM, Liberal Arts and Business Curricula in Undergraduate Sustainability Education part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
While a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is essential to meet the challenges of sustainability and ensure U.S. economic competitiveness, a strong STEM workforce alone is not sufficient to ...
Assessing Student Transdisciplinary Thinking about Sustainability through Wicked Problems part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday Oral Session A
To address the wicked problems of sustainability in a global economy, students need instruction that drives them to use systems thinking and integrate ideas from across multiple disciplines. The NSF-funded ...
Cli-fi: Teaching climate change using literature part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Thursday
As part of the InTeGrate program (SERC) at Carleton College, we developed a two-week module utilizing cli-fi (climate science present in fictional literature) and related climate data. Given the interdisciplinary ...
Other Contribution (1)
Teaching Sustainability and the Environment Within and Across Disciplines part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Morning Workshops:Sustainability
Sustainability challenges are often "wicked problems" that require a transdisciplinary approach to adequately define and understand. As such, teaching sustainability requires faculty to teach outside of ...