Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tara Scully
Director of the Sustainability Minor Program
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

Course design institute is a training program run by our Sustainability Minor Director and co-Director of Sustainable GW, Tara Scully. During this weeklong Institute, Dr. Scully encourages the incorporation of sustainability content and is currently assisting faculty to develop sustainability focused courses.

Additionally, The Duke Energy Innovation Fund through Sustainable GW provides incentives and funding for faculty to develop Living Lab courses. Also, Sustainable GW hosts faculty meetings each semester to promote cross-disciplinary relationships and encourage sustainability content in a myriad of classroom contexts including the development of new living lab courses across disciplines.

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

The Course Design Institute (CDI) is a “bootcamp” style program that guides faculty through the design of a new course or the re-design an existing one in a facilitated, supported environment. Participants experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design and the benefits of active learning. All GW faculty members are invited to apply. The time commitment is an intensive 4.5 days and $500 stipends are awarded upon successful completion.CDI has proven relevant to any teaching mode.Sustainability faculty, including Dr. Tara Scully, lead professor of the Introduction to Sustainability course, have participated in the CDI program.

The Duke Energy Innovation Fund provides funding for living lab course development through a competitive grant process.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
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