|Submission Date||June 12, 2016|
Frostburg State University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:
Frostburg State University is committed to increasing sustainability focused and sustainability related courses on campus. Several resources are available to faculty who seek to develop new sustainability courses. Over the past three years, some faculty have used "Opportunity Grants" from the FSU Foundation to develop new sustainability courses. Others have used funding from the "President's Experiential Learning Enhancement Fund" to develop sustainability courses. This, along with the use of regularly budgeted departmental funds, have led to the development of 3 new Sustainability Studies Courses and 6 new or revised sustainability related courses.
In 2016, funds from a student sustainability fee became available for the first time. In addition to other sustainability projects on campus, faculty can seek funding from this fund. In the first round of competition, 12 awards were made to faculty, students and staff. Curriculum development or enrichment was a part of at least 4 grants.
A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
Frostburg State University is actively seeking to enhance curricular offerings in Sustainability and to support faculty development efforts toward that goal.
Faculty member are encouraged to seek support for curriculum development work if needed. In additional to the competitive grants funds mentioned above, faculty members can seek support from the Sustainability Studies Steering Committee, the Dean of the College, and the Faculty Development Subcommittee. All have supported faculty development work. Conference travel grants and reassigned time grants have both been used for such curriculum development work.
The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:
It it difficult to know the support of academic departments for curriculum development in sustainability related courses. It is estimated that substantial support comes from normal operational funding. Several courses also benefit from cooperation with parts of the university outside of academic affairs. Notably, student affairs has worked to link sustainability projects with instruction. Also, physical plant has contributed to instruction in sustainability through guest lectures and demonstrations as well as assisting with recycling activities.
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