Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.00
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Black Hills State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Sandra Marker
PhD, Coordinator, Master of Science in Sustainability Program
School of Behavioral Sciences
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The university takes part in two programs, in which students can apply for research stipends to work under the direction of BHSU faculty. The two programs are the BRIN program and the EPSCoR program, both of which have sustainability at the core at BHSU. Students through the EPSCoR program research and test new materials for solar cell applications. Through the BRIN program students work on one of several projects at the Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources housed in the School of Natural Sciences at BHSU.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The university has a seed grant program to initiate and support faculty research. In addition to this, the faculty have access to the South Dakota Board of Regents competitive research grant program. Both of these programs have always had an emphasis on the states and the universities research initiatives for which sustainability is a common thread. Recent examples are the emphasis on renewable energy and biofuels.


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?:
No

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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