Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.77
Liaison Josh Lasky
Submission Date April 4, 2023

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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):
The Course Design Institute (CDI) is a “bootcamp” style program that guides faculty through the design of a new course or the re-design of 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. 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, GW's Sustainability Minor Director and co-Director of Sustainable GW), have participated in the CDI program.

Dr. Scully also oversees a sustainability course design training module at CDI. During this weeklong institute, Dr. Scully encourages the incorporation of sustainability content. She also assists faculty to develop sustainability-focused courses outside of CDI on an ongoing basis.

In addition to CDI, Sustainable GW hosts faculty lunch meetings each semester to promote cross-disciplinary relationships and encourage sustainability content in a myriad of classroom contexts including the development of new campus as a 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 an annual, free training offered by the institution. All faculty are invited to apply to participate. CDI incentivizes participation in the intensive week long program with a $500 stipend, awarded upon successful completion.

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