Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 James Lucas
Assistant Dean of Global Education and Curriculum
Undergraduate Education
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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):

Integrated Studies are the general education requirements for all incoming freshman for the university.  Sustainability and solving 'wicked' problems has been an integral part of Integrated Studies [Jim Lucas - Assoc. Dean Global Education & Curriculum].  An incentive program was developed through Dr. Lucas, to incentivize faculty to increase faculty capacity for integrating grand sustainability challenges such as solving wicked problems into more interdisciplinary ways.  The initial program had 12 faculty who participated.  Building off the success of this program, a second incentive program has been developed and is currently being implemented with a focus on inclusion, diversity, and urban agriculture and access to food. IN this phase of the program, they take 9-10 faculty who volunteer on field experiences to enhance their understanding and integration fo diversity in an applied way. 

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

For the first round of the program, faculty were provided $2,000 for them to attend key workshops and to work on changing their syllabi.  For the second round, MSU provides food, field experiences, and small stipends for changing their courses as well.  

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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