Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.98
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
No

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers many different incentive programs and consultation for faculty to develop new courses and improve pedagogy of existing courses. The First Year Seminar (FSEM) Assistant Director and FSEM Program Director have recently consulted on teaching and course design with faculty of the Sustainable Living Learning Community (SLLC). Additionally, all SLLC faculty took part in FSEM training opportunities. This includes small-group orientation to FSEM teaching and the full-day FSEM pedagogy day, which focus on effective course design for first-year courses. Additionally, SLLC faculty members earned a stipend during fall 2014 as part of a FSEM critical thinking study group with other FSEM faculty. The group met bi-weekly throughout the semester, assisting one another with course design in the context of critical thinking and team-teaching. This stipend opportunity has been available for the past two years.

CTL offers grants (up to $1,500) to small groups of faculty (3-4 members) most semesters, and these funds support course-design projects. CTL also offers stipends to faculty learning communities of 8-12 faculty members each semester. The topics of the learning community are chosen by the faculty, which can include sustainability. A recent faculty-learning group has focused studies and meetings on Collaborative Place Making: Geneva, HWS and Collective Impact Practices. Green Urbanism is one of the themes of a working group moving forward.


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

Faculty members receive stipends, consultation with trained staff, and peer support through these programs.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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