Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Jennifer Lamy
Submission Date July 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

Emerson College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Matt Fabian
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Engagement Lab is an applied research lab for reimagining civic engagement in a digital culture. Its most recent experiment was "Community PlanIt - Climate Smart Boston". The Lab developed a web-based game to advance climate preparedness planning to produce resiliency initiatives that work together to address physical, social and environmental vulnerabilities in our communities. The game was promoted on the Emerson campus and in the Boston community. Research went into creating and disseminating the game, and research continues to occur with the game's results.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The Teach-In is an annual academic and creative event, sponsored by Academic Affairs and the President's Office in coordination with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, designed to engage the community in active learning. The theme for 2019 was 'Race to the Future: Rethinking Innovation, Inequity, and Imagination in Everyday Life.' These teach-in events in combination with the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship (ORCS), an organization that provides information, personal assistance, services, and programs to those who seek financial support for scholarly endeavors, incentivize faculty to conduct research that positively contributes to sustainable change.

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The range of scholarly/creative work produced by Institute faculty cannot be predicted in advance; therefore, these standards cannot be exhaustive in listing all possible equivalencies. Those engaged in review of dossiers must take care to ensure parity in assessing scholarly and creative work.

A typical dossier exhibiting an appropriate level of scholarly productivity may include 5 blind peer-reviewed journal articles judged as significant (in aggregate) using the criteria above over the pre-tenure period. The articles should appear in journals appropriate to the disciplinary, sub-disciplinary, or interdisciplinary focus of the candidate’s work. (Articles accepted for publication, but not yet in print, may be used as evidence of productivity if accompanied by a letter from the editor indicating acceptance and anticipated publication date.)

Dossiers may contain evidence of scholarly/creative work that is not easily comparable to the examples above, such as that of a curator, set designer, civically engaged scholar/artist, or translator. The candidate should explain the nature of sustained endeavor necessary for the production of the work in the Personal Statement. Both internal and external reviewers should explain how the work is equivalent or comparable with the examples above when assessing adequate productivity.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The Emerson Library has a research guide that supports research on sustainability, the environment, and science. This guide provides access to journals, databases, books, statistics, and more.

Emerson has many books and ebooks on topics related to sustainability and the environment. For example, a catalog search for “sustainability” and limited to Emerson results in 1658 titles.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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