Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 John Meier
Dean of Curriculum and Resources
Office of the Provost
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:
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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?:
Yes

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Each department at Lafayette has scholarship guidelines that outline procedure for tenure review. The following are departments which state in their scholarship guidelines that they give positive recognition to multidisciplinary research during faculty tenure decisions. The relevant guidelines are also listed.
Africana Studies- In considering candidates for tenure and promotion, the Africana Studies Program recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field of Africana Studies. We affirm that interdisciplinarity has been a foundational aspect of Africana Studies and that such scholarship contributes to the strength and vigor of Africana Studies research, scholarship and teaching.
Anthropology and Sociology- the department values publications in refereed journals in each discipline (e.g., Cultural Anthropology, Social Problems, Symbolic Interaction) as well as in refereed multidisciplinary journals (e.g. African Identities, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Journal of Poverty, Society and Natural Resources).
Electrical and Computer Engineering- It is expected that the primary focus of a faculty member's research will fall within a recognized sub-discipline of ECE. However, interdisciplinary research and engineering and education research that complement this primary focus can be a valuable component of a faculty member's scholarly portfolio.
Environmental Studies: The Program values publications related to environmental topics broadly construed (urban/rural planning, environmental law, environmental ethics, environmental health, etc.) in refereed journals reaching disciplinary and multidisciplinary audiences (e.g., Society and Natural Resources, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Political Ecology).
Film and Media Studies: As an interdisciplinary field, it is common for scholarly work in FAMS to move beyond and between established disciplinary boundaries-this fact is desirable and must be taken into account when identifying peer reviewers.
Foreign Languages and Literatures: We also recognize that interdisciplinary research contributes to the vitality of scholarship, curricular development and teaching in the discipline.
Music: Specific examples of significant scholarship in music might include interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research.
Women and Gender Studies: We recognize that interdisciplinary scholarship contributes substantially to the vitality of women's and gender studies scholarship and teaching.


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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The Lafayette College Library has a strong collection of environmental and sustainability books, journals, databases and streaming movies. Librarians at Lafayette work closely with faculty in geology, environmental studies, biology and engineering on providing information literacy support for courses that focus on sustainability. This can be as basic as teaching a session on how to find environmental and sustainability resources or go much further with the librarian embedded in the course. Embedded librarians work with faculty in course design, including selecting many of the readings. The librarian also attends class meetings, interacts with the students, runs the library sessions and meets with all the students individually to go over their research paper proposals and bibliographies to help them refine their topic for their paper. Surveys have demonstrated that a librarian’s involvement in the course improved students’ ability to locate, use and evaluate relevant information.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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