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Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

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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 that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, in collaboration with Sustain IU (IU Office of Sustainability), and the Integrated Program in Environment, 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 sustainability 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.

The courses developed in summer 2019 include:

1.Dana Habeeb (SICE) – “Environmental Policy, Design, and Health” (SICE I-400 / I-590)
2.Todd Royer (SPEA) – “Sustainable River Management: Theory and Practice” (A SPEA 400 / 500 split level course)
3.Kelly Eskew (Kelley) – “The Renewable Energy Revolution in the European Union” (BUS-L360)
4.Kurt Waldman (COAS) – “Sustainable Decision Making” (A Geography 400 / 500 split level course)
5.Olga Kalentzidou (COAS) - “Sustaining Food Systems Instruction” in Edible Education (Geography G-218)

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

The award for a Sustainability Course Development Fellowship is up to $8,000, with the average award of $5,000. 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.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
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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. Faculty join the Community of Practice by participating in 3 day workshop in the summer to focus on place-based sustainability teaching. Faculty receive a $750 honorarium to participate and write a short reflection on how they plan to adapt their teaching based on workshop activities and materials.


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