Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Boston College
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tara Pisani
Assistant Professor
Earth and Envronment
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

Boston College's Core Renewal: Toward a 21st Century Core involves two different types of courses:

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.
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:

Global Implications of Climate Change - EESC1501/SOCY1501
Crisis and Storytelling in the Age of Climate Change - ENGL1744/EESC1702
Science and Ethics of Climate Change - EESC1505/PHIL1505
Grief and Resistance: Theological Responses to Climate Change - THEO1713
Our Ocean: Understanding & Protecting the Seas in the Wake of Climate Change - BIOL1706/ENVS1075
Planet in Peril: History and Future of Human Impacts - SOCY1509/HIST1509
Living on Water: Venetian Art, Architecture, and the Environment - EESC1701/ARTH1701
Humans, Nature, and Creativity - ENGL1703/PHIL1703
Being Human: Philosophical Problem – Nature and Math - MATH1705/PHIL1705
Powering America: The Past and Future of Energy, Technology and the Environment - EESC1507/HIST1513

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 academic staff 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.

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