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Returned from Sapphire and my battle fatigue recovered, I sat down to have a look at my “other job” that of being an adjunct professor at Northwood University.  Northwood University is an educational system with three residential campuses and nearly 30 training facilities throughout the USA and Europe, including trans-continental courses in finance, hospitality management, and other subjects.

The summer term is fast approaching and in addition to my normal balance of activities, I … lifted … my …. hand …. to …. develop …. a new curriculum.

Seriously, what have I done?

For those of you who know me this shouldn’t be a shock.  I basically locked myself in my office for three months last year and penned my first SAP Press book on Enterprise Performance Management.  A story around sustainability is bound to happen at some point, given my company’s interest in the area and our various partnerships and activities inside and outside of SAP including the Executive Advisory Council.  But writing a curriculum proposal is WAY different than a consulting deck or a conference briefing.  This is new territory.

Fortunately I will have a lot of help.  First, my friend and colleague from SAP Scott Feldman assures me this is a worthy pursuit.  In addition there are other university alliance members also pursuing this interest so there is precedence and experience.  (good, good, this is all good I remember thinking to myself last week at Sapphire).  Second I have a great team both at Newport Consulting (my firm) and at the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) based in Portland, Oregon where I also work with the University of Oregon sustainability leadership program.  (double good …).  Finally there is the interest from Northwood’s faculty manager Brennan Brown to help “champion” the curriculum through the academic review process.  If you think clients are tough, you ought to try a full academic review – of anything – and you might consider sticking with your day job of consulting.

I receive the curriculum development package in the email this coming week.  I am excited and a bit apprehensive.  I’ll continue to blog here about this journey.  If all goes well the program will be introduced in 2012, so it will be a long haul.

Best regards.

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  1. Tony Pittarese
    I wish you the best in this endeavor and hope that there may be things that come out of your process that you’d be willing to share with others. Although I am not personally championing it, there are several at my university very interested in this topic. Gathering resources has proven challenging. Your work here definitely fills a need.
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    1. William Newman Post author
      Thanks, Tony.  I speak with my faculty advisor later this week.  The SAP EAC folks are very helpful and I think this is a great way to introduce students to a real working simulation around sustainability planning and reporting as one element of a curriculum.
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