Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Randy Wilson
Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
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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:
Students are encouraged to engage in independent and collaborative research and creative activity in all disciplines. They may apply through the Kolbe Summer Fellows Program, which supports summer research projects for students working with a faculty mentor. Projects with a focus on sustainability are encouraged and supported, although the program is not specifically focused on such topics.

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 Provost's Office actively support faculty research and creative activity though both internal and external funding sources. No specific directive is geared towards sustainability research but innovative interdisciplinary research is always encouraged.

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:
Although there is no policy that explicitly promotes interdisciplinary research, the institution regards interdisciplinary activity of all types as highly favorable.

Several recently hired faculty members pursue highly interdisciplinary research and have affiliations with multiple departments

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 library's liaison to the environmental studies department on campus meets with classes to create a research guide tailored to their studies about sustainability. The liaison sits down with ES professors creating new courses to help choose textbooks for their sustainability course. Each year for Earth Day, the library works with the environmental club on campus to create an exhibit of all wasted paper to demonstrate how much is wasted to promote awareness. This club also turns old, extra large library t-shirts into tote bags.

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