Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.17 / 12.00 Andrew Predmore
University Director of Sustainability
Sustain IU
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
1,418

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
641

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
45.20

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
65

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
42

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
64.62

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Starting from total Tenure Track faculty census figures from institutional reporting sources and a full list of academic departments from bulletins/course listings, early work involved narrowing down to departments with full time tenure track faculty as well as those that had independent faculty research lines (i.e. Victorian being a sub-sect of the English department parent department line, with no independent faculty, and therefore not counted) to determine total department count of 65.

Criteria then moved to identifying departments and individual faculty doing sustainability research. Two methodologies were used:
1. Sustain-IU staff used department websites and Google searches to pull published works (or creative works) from last three years, assessing the work's contribution to interdisciplinary sustainability or the UN SDGs. Certain existing databases including Integrated Program in the Environment and Environmental Resilience Institute Faculty formed the starting point for this work. For faculty identified in this manner, a short description of their scholarship is included in Column D of the attached spreadsheet.
2. IU Global Studies Analysis. IUB faculty members whose scholarly activities promote solving UN SDGs were identified using a keyword search developed by Global Studies staff. Each row summarizes the results of an individual faculty member and the values in column E to U represent the number of matched pieces of scholarship under each goal. The data for this analysis come from all entries between Jan 2016 and May 2019 in the Publications and Scholarship of Discovery Report in Digital Measures, which collects information on research products such as books, book chapters, journal articles, reviews and commentaries, conference proceedings and presentations. It also includes products such as exhibitions, music production, database and website development, etc.
The purpose of this analysis was to find faculty and their students to partner in an IU-hosted UN SDG conference and poster symposium.

Sustain IU's inventory and Global Studies' inventories were combined, removing duplicate faculty. Only tenure track faculty or research scientists with teaching appointments were included in our lists. Clinical and adjunct faculty were removed from both the analysis and 'denominator.' We checked our work using an inventory of tenure track faculty and research scientists provided by IU HR.


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