Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.81
Liaison Aaron Durnbaugh
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola University Chicago
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Aaron Durnbaugh
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

Each year, the Center for Ignatian Pedagogy provides various workshops to support teaching excellence at Loyola. Prior to the start of the academic year, the Focus on Teaching and Learning provides sessions on incorporating sustainability concepts and resources into faculty's teaching and research. In this forum, faculty that are integrating sustainability present their work and the advantages of incorporating sustainability concepts into their discipline.
Examples of these workshops over the previous few years include:
+Using Project EDDIE - https://www.luc.edu/fotl/january2020fotlschedule/january2020fotlsessiondescriptions/
+Social Justice and Teaching Food History - https://www.luc.edu/fotl/fotlarchives/focusonteachingandlearningaugust2018/
+Garbology - https://www.luc.edu/fotl/fotlarchives/focusonteachingandlearningspring2018/
+Sustainability Concepts - https://www.luc.edu/fotl/fotlarchives/focusonteachinglearningaugust2016/

Our Center for Engaged Learning oversees the engaged learning requirement for students. This mandates that undergraduates must take courses with engaged learning aspects. In 2016, applied sustainability was explicitly added to the list of criteria defining an 'engaged learning' course. Faculty apply for their course to be listed as such and thus get more students participating in their offerings. https://www.luc.edu/engagedlearning/

The Academic Innovation Fund supports course development that meets the goals of the University Strategic Plan 2020, Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World. Funding is available.
https://www.luc.edu/academicaffairs/resources/ait/innovationproposalguidelines/


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

New tools and approaches to incorporate sustainability into teaching.

Multidisciplinary partnerships organized around sustainability.

An opportunity to present to their peers during annual meetings and conferences.

Additional students participating in 'engaged learning' courses.

Start-up funds for course and academic program development that meets Plan 2020 goals.

External grant dollars supporting multidisciplinary, cutting-edge and applied approaches to teaching.


Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
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