Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.14
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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Indiana University Bloomington
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Andrew Predmore
University Director of Sustainability
Sustain IU
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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?:

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 Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the IU Office of Sustainability, supports faculty members’ efforts to enhance teaching of topics related to sustainability and environmental literacy at IU Bloomington. It supports innovative approaches to the instruction of complex, interdisciplinary topics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Service-learning courses and those that involve the application of principles of sustainability to the IU Bloomington campus are of particular interest.

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

The award for a Sustainability Course Development Fellowship is up to $8,000. If joint awards are made, recipients share the award. Recipients are expected to devote the equivalent of eight weeks full-time to their project during the summer immediately following the award. It is expected that they will not engage in teaching or administrative activities during that period. Recipients are also expected to engage with other fellows and members of the IUB sustainability community, to submit a summary report to the Office of Sustainability at the end of the fall semester following the award, and to formally disseminate the results of their instructional development project to other IU faculty.

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

IU also organizes and hosts the Sustainability Community of Practice, which provides support and a faculty community to discuss course development and to foster collaboration and strategy sharing related to incorporating sustainability content and concepts into courses.


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