Overall Rating Reporter
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Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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Boston College
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tara Pisani
Assistant Professor
Earth and Envronment
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

Boston College's Core Renewal: Toward a 21st Century Core involves two different types of courses:
(1) Complex Problems courses are large team-taught, six-credit classes that address a contemporary problem. All of the complex problems courses deal with some aspect of sustainability in society.
(2) Enduring Questions courses are linked pairs of distinct three-credit classes of approximately 20 students that meet separately, each taught by a faculty member from a different department. Both classes are connected by a common topic and set of questions as well as share some readings and assignments.

These courses are interdisciplinary in design. Faculty are incentivized to partner with a faculty member in another department to teach either a core Complex Problems course or an Enduring Question course. Some of the new core classes are:
EESC1501/SOCY1501 Global Implications of Climate Change
EESCS1505/PHIL1505 Science and Ethics of Climate Change
SOCY1509/HIST1509 Planet in Peril: History and Future of Human Impacts
EESC1701/ARTH1701 Living on Water: Venetian Art, Architecture, and the Environment
ENGL1703/PHIL1703 Humans, Nature, and Creativity
MATH1705/PHIL1705 Being Human: Philosophical Problem – Nature and Math

This means that more students (200+ per year) are being exposed to sustainability as part of their core foundational education at Boston College.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty receive extra stipend and course relief during the first semester they teach a complex problems or enduring question course.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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