The Graduate Program focuses on the development of four core competencies that serve as targets for growth, points of dialogue and criteria for assessment.
- Effective instruction requires thoughtful design and craft.
- Intention and passion serve meaningful learning.
- Manages students, systems, risk, and structures to build safe, positive learning environments
- Integrates place to engage students in authentic learning
- Applies developmental theories and instructional strategies to customize instruction to diverse learners
- Plans learning experiences from transfer goals, clear objectives, and assessment evidence
Knowledgeable Field Scientist
- Relationships between observable patterns and ecological processes
- Complexities and interactions of social-ecological systems
- Recognizes the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystem function
- Employs sound experimental design and statistical inference
- Articulates how human action can alter ecosystem dynamics
- Addresses ecological and conservation issues
- Professional leadership inspires a group towards shared vision
- Innovative leadership is essential to address complex societal issues
- Employs effective communication techniques
- Practices sound judgment and decision making
- Articulates goals, inspires vision and contributes to group success
- Engages systems thinking to understand complex systems and the connection to sustainability
Conscientious Community Member
- Interdependence exists inherently within systems and communities.
- Communities balance shared and individual needs.
- Lives and learns with integrity
- Demonstrates awareness of self, others and place
- Exemplifies adaptability and resiliency with optimism
- Fosters and understands relationships