Edie Gaythwaite Named First Faculty Fellow in Sustainability

A recent poll of teenagers’ views on climate issues by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation reported that most teens and young adults feel afraid of climate change. In fact, 57% of teens, ages 13-17, and 68% of young adults, ages 18 – 29, report feeling afraid of climate change.

With this data in mind, along with the increasing urgency surrounding sustainability, Valencia College has adopted a new role — faculty fellow in sustainability — which will implement and enhance collegewide faculty development opportunities that support the integration of sustainability in the curriculum and co-curriculum. Edie Gaythwaite, professor, speech, will be the first faculty member in the role, serving from fall 2019 through spring 2020.

“I’m most excited about building partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to advance curricular and co-curricular sustainability development opportunities at Valencia,” Edie shared.

Edie, who has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and media studies from Fordham University and a Master of Arts in mass communication and Doctor of Education from the University of Central Florida, joined Valencia College in August 2007 as a communication professor. During her time at Valencia, she has also facilitated for the Teaching/Learning Academy.

Additionally, Edie serves in the Central Bear Stakeholder Group, which is a group dedicated to addressing the growing human-bear conflict. As the college/university representative in the group, she helps educate the public about ways to peacefully live in bear country, presents at elementary schools, addresses community concerns and provides input on legislative issues such as the passage of stricter bear-feeding laws. To read more about her work with this group, click here.

Congratulate Edie in the comments below.


  • Falecia Williams said:

    Congratulations, Edie!

    PMThu, 26 Sep 2019 20:49:15 +0000Thu, 26 Sep 2019 20:49:15 +0000pm19,8:49 pm

    • egaythwaite said:

      Thank you, Falecia!

      AMFri, 27 Sep 2019 07:34:41 +0000Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:34:41 +0000am19,7:34 am

  • Robyn Brighton said:

    Excited to have you on-board, Edie!

    AMFri, 27 Sep 2019 10:16:04 +0000Fri, 27 Sep 2019 10:16:04 +0000am19,10:16 am

  • Sally Leslie said:

    Many congratulations, Edie! I'm looking forward to working with you more moving forward.

    PMFri, 27 Sep 2019 14:14:07 +0000Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:14:07 +0000pm19,2:14 pm

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