Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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Michigan Technological University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
411

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
197

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:
23

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
21

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
91.30

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

We conducted a survey of faculty members. Respondents who conduct sustainability research were asked to include a description of their research. The response rate was low, so an additional project was undertaken using Sustainable Development Goals. This list was compiled through faculty and staff listings and their associated research areas in their department listing. We cross checked their research with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals topics and keyword search. This was similar to the method used by the University of Toronto. Some faculty or staff researchers touch multiple SDG's. At least one area was listed with its associated SDG in the summary attached. Adjunct researchers were included but care was taken to not duplicate faculty/researcher in another department. For the most part, they were listed in their home department.


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

Reporting on research faculty only. The Sustainable Futures Institute keeps a list of faculty and staff participating in sustainability research.
https://www.mtu.edu/sfi/about/faculty-staff/

This website contains listing for all faculty and their research topics.
https://www.mtu.edu/colleges-schools/

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