Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
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Colgate University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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):

The mission of Colgate University's Upstate Institute is to promote a better understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and environmental resources of Upstate New York. To help meet this mission, the Upstate Institute invites all continuing members of the faculty at Colgate University to apply for a course development grant to be administered by the Upstate Institute in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. These grants aim to provide faculty with the resources necessary to offer students immediate opportunities to apply research skills in the support of local agencies that exist to provide service to the community. The grant will support a course that provides a community-based research component in one or more disciplines while addressing a significant, community-identified need. These grants include a faculty stipend as well as support for course-related expenses to develop a new or revised course that engages students in community-based research.

This grant has supported courses including:
Janel Benson of Sociology and Anthropology (“Sociology of the Family”), Jessica Graybill of Geography (“Urban Geography”), and Tim McCay of Biology (“Applied Natural Resource Conservation”) were awarded grants through the Upstate Institute in 2015, and Ellen Kraly received funding to teach her course "Environmental and Public Health Geographies."

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

This grant is payable as a one-time stipend to the applicant for the development of a course that fits the objectives outlined below. In addition, the applicant may request additional funds of up to $4,000 from the Upstate Institute that will be used both times the course is being taught. These funds are meant to support expenses related to the course such as local travel, supplies, equipment, or guest lecturers.

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