Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.16
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date June 30, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Dominguez Hills
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

CSUDH organized its first formal Faculty Learning Community (FLC) around sustainability in the 2019-20 Academic Year. As a result of going through the FLC, participating faculty (currently 6) will revamp their curriculum to integrate sustainability as a key concept into their courses for release during the 2020-21 academic year.

CSUDH has participated in the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program for the past five years formally and informally. As a result of this participation, the Biology department has integrated on-campus native gardens into several of its courses, the Earth Sciences department supports ongoing student research projects involving campus grounds, and several courses use the Campus Urban Farm to integrate sustainability into the curriculum.


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

Members of the FLC receive course release time and/or a stipend for participating in the FLC.

The CALL program awards grants of various amounts to faculty members pursuing projects that re-design their courses around using the campus as a living laboratory. Even after grant funds are awarded and spent down, these courses have continued to integrate sustainability as a core component of the learning experience.

The Provost has also offered to write a letter that will be viewed favorably in the review for tenure process (RTP) for faculty who integrate sustainability into their courses.


Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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