Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.55 / 12.00 Christie-Joy Hartman
Executive Director
ISNW
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
1,002

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
139

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
13.87

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
45

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
34

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
75.56

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

Faculty were identified beginning in Fall 2016 based on their online profile, information previously self-submitted, and/or published scholarly work. The list of faculty was reviewed by the Faculty Research Committee, which is made up of over 30 faculty. Additional faculty were identified for potential inclusion in the inventory. All faculty identified were contacted by an OESS staff member to confirm that their research met the AASHE STARS definition of sustainability research and that they would be listed. Some faculty were removed at their request. The inventory of faculty was reviewed by an ISNW Executive Council Member from the Academic Affairs Division. Additional faculty were identified by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement. The faculty were contacted by the OESS following the protocol above. The revised inventory was sent to an ISNW Executive Council member and the Office of Research and Scholarship for internal review.

Details of some faculty scholarship were obtained and highlighted on the campus sustainability office's website. In the Voices of Scholarship series by the Research & Scholarship office, one can hear Dr. Daniel Downey talk about the negative effects that acid rain can have on local natural resources and landmarks. And Dr. Cheryl Beverly discusses her lifelong commitment to developing culturally competent citizens and educators, with a focus on access to learning and information.


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The following additional faculty are not counted for this credit because they are in a department that does NOT meet the academic department equivalent as defined by JMU under Institutional Characteristics:
1. Lucy Malenke, University Writing Center
2. Jared Featherstone, University Writing Center
3. Benjamin Delp, Office of Research and Scholarship
4. Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities
5. Kristen Shuyler, Outreach and Partnerships
6. Steven Grande, Community Service Learning

Responsible party for Faculty Research Committee review and total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount): Mr. Benjamin Delp, Director of Research Development and Promotion, Office of Research and Scholarship

Responsible party for confirming with faculty: Ms. Kimberly Hall, graduate assistant, OESS

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.