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Professor Andy Dosmann on Sustainability Education at Minerva University

by Andy Dosmann, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

February 22, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, institutions hold the key to shaping the next generation of leaders ready to confront global challenges. Minerva University stands at the forefront, arming students with the skills, data-driven approaches, and diverse perspectives essential for addressing sustainability challenges. 

Professor Andy Dosmann, an evolutionary biologist and Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Minerva University, shares insights into the university's approach to sustainability education and his involvement in various projects. Having earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago and taught sustainability courses at Stanford University, his diverse background in conservation and sustainability work positions Dosmann as a key figure in Minerva's sustainability initiatives.

Dosmann has been actively involved in various projects aimed at advancing sustainability education at Minerva, including the launch of the interdisciplinary sustainability minor for undergraduates. Earlier this year, Professor Dosmann also conducted a Climate Career Panel, fostering discussions on career trajectories within the climate sector. This panel featured Minerva graduates, merging their aspirations to make a positive impact on the planet with diverse backgrounds in business, arts, and sciences. Instructing the Global Sustainability Exchange Seminar, a course developed in partnership with Earth University in Costa Rica and Zamorano University in Honduras, Professor Dosmann exemplifies Minerva's dedication to offering students varied perspectives and hands-on experiences in addressing sustainability challenges. This international collaboration solidifies Minerva's commitment to enriching students' understanding of sustainability through diverse global perspectives.

Prof. Dosmann emphasizes the multifaceted nature of sustainability, acknowledging the absence of a one-size-fits-all definition, given a broad range of approaches needed to effectively address environmental challenges. According to him, the goal of meeting the needs of the present generation while ensuring the well-being of future generations is central to sustainability.

Minerva's commitment to sustainability is woven into its curriculum, notably through the Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts (HCs). These competencies, including critical thinking, problem-solving, complex systems analysis, and strategizing are pivotal for students navigating sustainability challenges. The establishment of the Master of Science in Decision Analysis (MDA) Sustainability Track further demonstrates Minerva's dedication to providing comprehensive support to students addressing sustainability issues, allowing them to apply sustainability expertise in various industries and narrow down their area of expertise for sustainability-related research projects.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, collaboration and coordination are vital, requiring leaders to not only analyze problems but also possess the interpersonal skills to work within diverse teams, whether in non-profit or business and governmental organizations. Dosmann highlights the richness and diversity of these perspectives among Minerva’s global student body, which range from disciplinary differences to cultural and geographic influences, enhancing the effectiveness of sustainability education.

Prof. Dosmann is particularly excited to have more students focus on sustainability, citing the positive impact that Minerva alumni have had in various sectors. As Minerva continues to develop programs and partnerships through the MDA sustainability track, sustainability initiatives, and the interdisciplinary sustainability minor for undergraduates, Dosmann envisions a future where more students contribute meaningfully to solving sustainability challenges globally.

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Conversation

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, institutions hold the key to shaping the next generation of leaders ready to confront global challenges. Minerva University stands at the forefront, arming students with the skills, data-driven approaches, and diverse perspectives essential for addressing sustainability challenges. 

Professor Andy Dosmann, an evolutionary biologist and Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Minerva University, shares insights into the university's approach to sustainability education and his involvement in various projects. Having earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago and taught sustainability courses at Stanford University, his diverse background in conservation and sustainability work positions Dosmann as a key figure in Minerva's sustainability initiatives.

Dosmann has been actively involved in various projects aimed at advancing sustainability education at Minerva, including the launch of the interdisciplinary sustainability minor for undergraduates. Earlier this year, Professor Dosmann also conducted a Climate Career Panel, fostering discussions on career trajectories within the climate sector. This panel featured Minerva graduates, merging their aspirations to make a positive impact on the planet with diverse backgrounds in business, arts, and sciences. Instructing the Global Sustainability Exchange Seminar, a course developed in partnership with Earth University in Costa Rica and Zamorano University in Honduras, Professor Dosmann exemplifies Minerva's dedication to offering students varied perspectives and hands-on experiences in addressing sustainability challenges. This international collaboration solidifies Minerva's commitment to enriching students' understanding of sustainability through diverse global perspectives.

Prof. Dosmann emphasizes the multifaceted nature of sustainability, acknowledging the absence of a one-size-fits-all definition, given a broad range of approaches needed to effectively address environmental challenges. According to him, the goal of meeting the needs of the present generation while ensuring the well-being of future generations is central to sustainability.

Minerva's commitment to sustainability is woven into its curriculum, notably through the Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts (HCs). These competencies, including critical thinking, problem-solving, complex systems analysis, and strategizing are pivotal for students navigating sustainability challenges. The establishment of the Master of Science in Decision Analysis (MDA) Sustainability Track further demonstrates Minerva's dedication to providing comprehensive support to students addressing sustainability issues, allowing them to apply sustainability expertise in various industries and narrow down their area of expertise for sustainability-related research projects.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability issues, collaboration and coordination are vital, requiring leaders to not only analyze problems but also possess the interpersonal skills to work within diverse teams, whether in non-profit or business and governmental organizations. Dosmann highlights the richness and diversity of these perspectives among Minerva’s global student body, which range from disciplinary differences to cultural and geographic influences, enhancing the effectiveness of sustainability education.

Prof. Dosmann is particularly excited to have more students focus on sustainability, citing the positive impact that Minerva alumni have had in various sectors. As Minerva continues to develop programs and partnerships through the MDA sustainability track, sustainability initiatives, and the interdisciplinary sustainability minor for undergraduates, Dosmann envisions a future where more students contribute meaningfully to solving sustainability challenges globally.