Center for Faculty Innovation

Managing Eco-Anxiety in the Classroom (Online Roundtable)

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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This online roundtable discussion will also be held on Monday, 11/15 from 1:00-2:15 PM.


Anxiety, stress, and hopelessness about environmental crises are rapidly growing phenomena. Increasingly discussed as “eco-anxiety,” such reactions to awareness of global environmental crises and effects of climate change are being felt differently by today’s youth than ever before. Greater access to information means that most of our students—not just those studying the environment—learn at an early age of bleak forecasts for global warming, tragic intersections between climate change and social justice, and wicked problems impeding global and local sustainability pursuits. This roundtable provides space for participants to share how they understand and work with these realities in their classrooms, regardless of disciplinary perspective. For example, how can faculty and staff encourage awareness of and engagement with the world’s crises without leading students to overwhelm? What assignments, pedagogies, or strategies can be used to validate experiences of eco-anxiety while motivating deliberation and possibility? And how might faculty and staff help students navigate real crises to envision and advocate for more hopeful, equitable, and sustainable futures? This roundtable conversation will offer ideas, strategies, and community for thinking about teaching in an eco-anxious world.

Facilitated by Kayla Yurco, School of Integrated Sciences and CFI.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying pedagogies related to analyzing current events that can be applied to course content; and
  • Developing strategies of care for engaging with crisis topics in the classroom.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor;
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)568-4858.

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