Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date June 13, 2011
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Dickinson College
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

As a liberal arts college, scholarship, which encompasses research as well as creative and other professional work, is used as a criterion for faculty promotion and tenure decisions. The Steering Committee of the Center for Sustainability Education has defined sustainability scholarship as “scholarship that advances and enriches understanding of sustainability. It includes inquiries into the nature of sustainability and the conditions, means and challenges for creating sustainable systems, as well as scholarship that is tangential to but can contribute to such inquiries.” Scholarship includes all activities that are relevant to the evaluation of scholarly activity and achievement for faculty promotion and tenure decisions at Dickinson College. As noted in the Academic Handbook, this includes research and experimentation; writing, analyzing, creating; oral/informal presentation for peers; responsible roles in professional organizations; visiting professorships; applying for and receiving outside grants and fellowships; and developing new fields of expertise.


Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

An online faculty survey of sustainability scholarship was developed and administered by CSE and the Department of Institutional Research in March 2011. An email was sent by the Dean of the College to all full time and adjunct faculty members and other teaching staff to request that they respond to the survey. The results of the survey were used to construct an inventory of sustainability scholarship that includes the names of faculty who are engaged in sustainability related research, their departments and short descriptions of their scholarship interests, activities and outputs.


Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
Yes

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

The website for the research inventory will be publicly available online summer of 2011.

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