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AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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University News writer and editor
Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):
Miami's Center for Teaching Excellence supports Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for faculty who propose a professional development or course development FLC. Grant-receiving FLCs cover a wide variety of topics of interest to the faculty and Miami students. Some current and recent FLCs with sustainability-related themes include:
Transforming the Classroom and Student Learning with Experiential Learning
Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching
Inclusive Excellence: Designing and Implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Course for Faculty, Administrators, and Staff
Creative, Innovative, and Sustainable Approaches to Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
A new initiative launched in 2018: The Boldly Creative Strategic Academic Enrichment Initiative will focus on funding promising academic programs and research projects that meet the following criteria:
Advance knowledge in the professional fields considered most in-demand throughout Ohio, the region and the nation.
Prepare students with the versatile skills and mindset to meet the needs of a demanding and dynamic workforce, with an emphasis on disciplinary diversity.
Advance Miami’s reputation for excellence and innovation in broad, transdisciplinary areas of research and pedagogy.
Develop/enhance partnerships from the government, non-profit, corporate, higher education and/or health care sectors to enhance programming and learning outcomes
A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
Miami’s Center for Teaching Excellence offers these incentives for faculty proposing a Faculty Learning Community: up to $10,000 for a new FLC, up to $500 professional development expenses for each participant; up to $2,000 for facilitators; $100 for student associates. $1,500 of Miami catering services for meetings; honorarium for invited speakers.
The Center for Teaching Excellence also offers grants to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovations that will result in more engaged and improved student learning. Innovations may be at the course, department, program, division, and/or university levels.
Faculty apply for the Boldly Creative Initiative with a budget for program delivery and one-time costs (i.e. technology, consulting, equipment), which are met for successful applicants.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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