Climate change

Teaching Climate Change Blog Gets National Recognition

A blog of a Kapiʻolani community college The professor received an honorable mention for the John Lovas Award for an outstanding online project largely devoted to academic pursuits. The Lovas Prize is awarded annually by Kairos at a conference on computing and writing.

Krista Hiser
Krista Hiser

by Krista Hiser Blog, “Teaching Climate Change Field Notes”, is part of an official research study by the University of Hawaii Office of Sustainability, which worked to understand what teachers think, feel and do about teaching climate change in their classrooms.

“John Lovas was an inspirational influence on my scholarship forms – I applied for a tenure-track position at a community college, based on the model of John’s long career at De Anza College,” said said Hiser. “I am humbled and humbled to be recognized for this award, and hope it can help raise awareness about the pressing topic of teaching climate change in higher education.”

Each post describes a different scholar and how they are addressing the challenges of teaching climate change across academic disciplines. Each blog post is associated with a formal interview, which has been transcribed for qualitative analysis. Then, Hiser writes an anonymous public message just to see what ideas and associations come up.

people around a pink boat with "Tell the truth"
A sentiment I agree with, from Extinction Rebellion. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The blog can also help professors learn from their peers’ approaches to sustainability and climate change.

Interview subjects include: two climatologists, a biologist, an artist, an economist, a philosopher, an environmental historian, a sociologist, and several other scholars in four-year programs and community colleges within and outside Hawaii. The blog has been very well received by several academic networks.