Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.17
Liaison Emily Neal
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Luther College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Sean Burke
Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Development/Associate Prof-Religion
Dean's Office
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
121

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
58

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
47.93

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
24

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
18

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
75

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:

Baack, Eric (Biology)
Bailey, Storm (Philosophy)
Bazylevych, Maryna (Anthropology)
Bishop, David (Psychology)
Bernatz, Richard (Math)
Breitenstein, Joe (Psychology)
Brummel, Rachel (Political Science)
Carrasco, Anita (Anthropology)
Caton, Brian (History)
Christman, Victoria (History)
Cord, Brittany (Accounting, Business & Management)
Crider, Destiny (Anthropology, Museum Studies)
Elliot, Kate (Visual and Performing Arts (VPA))
Enos-Berlage, Jodi (Biology)
Faldet, David (English)
Ferguson, Ron (Sociology / Anthropology / Social Work)
Fey, Kyle (Math)
Foster, Carly (Political Science)
Fretham, Stephanie (Biology)
Gates Madsen, Nancy (Mod. Languages)
Green, Todd (Religion)
Hageman, Andy (English)
Hawley, Jane (VPA)
Hiester, Brian (Biology)
Hoke, James (Religion)
Holland, Steve (Economics, Business, and Accounting)
Jensen, Jon (Philosophy)
Johnson, Thomas (Comm. Studies)
Kath, Ruth (Modern Languages)
Klammer, Martin (English)
Kopf, Gereon (Religion)
Kunkel, Carl (Sociology / Anthropology / Social Work)
Larsen, Kirk (Biology)
Lynch, Beth (Biology, Environmental Studies)
Martin-Schramm, Jim (Religion)
McNicoll, Molly (Biology)
Michels, Olga (Chemistry)
Moeller, John (Political Science)
Moore, Holly (Philosophy)
Mtisi, Richard (Africana Studies)
Mutsune, Tony (Economics)
Nave, Guy (Religion)
Norland, Deborah (Education)
Peterson, Anna (History)
Peterson, Laura (Environmental Studies)
Powell, Kim (Communications)
Reding, Dawn (Biology)
Row-Heyveld, Lindsey (English)
Sharp, Kelly (History; Africana Studies)
Sprung, Justin (Psychology)
Stanley, Lori (Sociology / Anthropology / Social Work)
Toussaint, Loren (Psychology)
Travers, Stephanie (Psychology)
Vesperman, Dean (Education)
Weldon, Amy (English)
Westlund, Eric (Math)
Wilder, Sarah (Communications)
Wilker, Molly (Chemistry)


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

The Dean's Office provided a list of list of faculty-reported research activities from 2017-2018 and 2019-2019. These activities were entered into a spreadsheet. In the fall of 2018, Luther College's Sustainability Coordinator attempted to meet with all departments to talk about the requirements for STARS that related to the curriculum and research. The Coordinator gave forms to all department heads to fill out with instructions on how the Center for Sustainable Communities would collect information about sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, research, and campus as a living laboratory programs. Sustainability staff reviewed faculty responses to these forms and then reviewed all professors' research interests and CVs to ensure that the reported research could be considered sustainability research by the STARS definition.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Faculty Research Symposium hosted at Luther in 2018 (PDF attached above) features several research presentations that focus on sustainability.

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