|Submission Date||Feb. 11, 2016|
Michigan State University
AC-10: Support for Research
IPF Strategic Initiatives
Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:
At the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels, there are funding opportunities to support sustainability research and scholarly activity. https://vprgs.msu.edu/for/students
MSU also partners with MSU Business Connect, MSU Innovation Center and Spartan Innovations. http://businessconnect.msu.edu/
We also have a Be Spartan Green Student Project Fund, which provides financial support for students to explore solutions to challenges in sustainability at MSU. Up to $5000 is available per project. http://bespartangreen.msu.edu/student-grants.php
The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
Funding is available for sustainability research projects that have been identified and approved by MSU Sustainability administration through our new Sustainability Fellows program. http://bespartangreen.msu.edu/fellows-program.php.
Also, the university provides a website with funding sources for research and links to other collaborators.
The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
“Bolder by Design,” is MSU’s strategic planning initiative that will position the university as the nation’s leading land-grant research institution. Based upon our core values of quality, inclusiveness, and connectivity,** the University is dedicated to educating tomorrow's leaders and scholars through our undergraduate, graduate, graduate-professional and lifelong education programs. Through its faculty, MSU will create knowledge and find new and innovative ways to extend its applications, to serve Michigan, the nation, and the international community. The faculty must infuse cutting edge scholarship into the full range of our teaching programs. At MSU, faculty are expected to be both active scholars and student-focused educators, demonstrating substantial scholarship and ability to promote learning through our on-campus and off-campus education and research programs. The essence of scholarship is the thoughtful discovery, transmission, and application of knowledge, including creative activities, that is based in the ideas and methods of recognized disciplines, professions, and interdisciplinary fields. What qualifies an activity as scholarship is that it be deeply informed by the most recent knowledge in the field, that the knowledge is skillfully interpreted and deployed, and that the activity is carried out with intelligent openness to new information, debate, and criticism.
"Approximately one third of tenure system faculty have a joint appointment, with a trend toward an increasing proportion of joint appointments among new hires. Recent data show that faculty who are jointly appointed 100% of the time (all of their appointments are joint appointments) have the shortest average time prior to a promotion and/or tenure action."
From "Responses to Questions Raised at the Tenure System New Faculty Orientation 2008"
The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:
The Library offers extensive materials on the topic of sustainability, as well as electronic access and inter-library loan services with other library systems throughout the world.
The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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