|Submission Date||March 30, 2018|
AC-10: Support for Research
|3.00 / 4.00||
Director of Sustainability
Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
The Sustainability Office offers funding for students to present research at conferences, as well as collaborates with faculty to find students to fill research assistant positions for sustainability work.
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
The Sustainability Office collaborates with the Babson Faculty Research Fund to offer funding for sustainability research. Faculty apply and are vetted through a special faculty committee.
A recent example of sustainability research supported by this funding:
Rodgers VL, D Krcmar. Dec 2017. Bridging the boundaries of science and art for business students: Integrating botany and artistic perspectives to teach environmental literacy. Journal of Sustainability Education 16: ISSN: 2151-7452
Available online at http://www.susted.com/wordpress/content/bridging-the-boundaries-of-science-and-art-for-business-students-integrating-botany-and-artistic-perspectives-to-teach-environmental-literacy_2018_01/
Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
The library has a number of resources for sustainability research around corporate social responsibility, such as Bloomberg resources that provide company profiles on CSR work. One example is the Greenleaf Online Library, which has a strong focus on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy and management, and more.
Additionally, through the Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Tri-School collaboration, community members may use resources at the other college's library, providing a broader information base for sustainability research.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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