Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.76
Liaison James Speer
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Indiana State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 James Speer
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability employs one graduate student and four interns in sustainability. Here they work with a mentor and develop a resume while working toward a year long projects on sustainability. We also have students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program with a focus on sustainability every summer. Students can now be Office of Sustainability fellows and work on their independent sustainability research projects. Our ENVI 460: Conservation and Sustainability course has at least 30 students in it every spring and every one of those students must complete an individual research project in sustainability where they collect and analyze their own data. These students then aggregate into group projects that take the best individual research projects further and uses the disparate skills from each of these general education students to advance the group research project. The incoming Eco-Reps cohort will be required to design potential sustainability projects in their introduction course and then implement them in the subsequent semester.

There are also currently two students performing sustainability research due to grants.

Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

There is a sustainability fellowship that allows a faculty member to be listed as a sustainability fellow if they submit one sustainability related grant, give a sustainability related talk, or complete one sustainability project per year.

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 brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Excerpts from the College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Documentation General Considerations for Promotion and Tenure Collaboration:
The College values the role of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and/or collaborative work and recognizes that while solo work may be the primary means by which some individuals make scholarly contributions, a collaborative approach may be more appropriate for others, depending on the discipline. That being said, when a candidate is listing an accomplishment that is the product of a collaborative effort, it is incumbent upon the candidate to specify and document his/her own unique contribution to the endeavor. Conversely, departments must not discourage collaborative work merely to make evaluation of candidates easier. Value of Community Engagement:
The College recognizes and values the important contributions that community engagement activities offer to teaching, scholarship, and service , and it is very reasonable that such contributions be listed as accomplishments. To illustrate, one’s courses and pedagogy can incorporate community engagement. In addition, peer-reviewed scholarship can occur that focuses on, stems from, or is done in collaboration with the community. Similarly, service that links a faculty member’s courses, department, discipline, or the College with the community is also highly possible. When listing accomplishments that have a community engagement component, the candidate must be attentive to fully specifying and documenting details related to the accomplishment, regardless of the area in which these activities are aligned (teaching, scholarship, or service).

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Cunningham Memorial Library has a collection of sustainability journals and books. They have also developed a Sustainability LibGuide which is an overall guide to sustainability holdings at the library.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Student sustainability research from the Grant Information.

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