Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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Chatham University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Whitney
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

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):

Chatham offers a combination of course release time, faculty professional development funds and a small fund to develop sustainability courses through the Falk Fund that supports sustainability education at the university. Over the last year we have developed "SEE" sustainability-designated courses across 8 departments, with more to come each year. In addition, we have courses in the joint MBA/MSUS degree that were developed under this program.


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

Incentives include release time for developing mission courses (sustainability is a mission of the institution) and SEE courses, the required sustainability courses for all undergrad students. These courses are offered within different departments, not only the Falk School of sustainability. Course development counts toward the faculty promotion process. Academic Affairs also provides professional development funds for faculty to attend conferences and share their research.

The Office of Sustainability also provides individualized assistance for course development with Dr. Mary Whitney, who holds a doctorate in sustainability education. This service has been in place since 2014.


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