|Submission Date||May 1, 2014|
AC-10: Support for Research
Director of Sustainability Integration
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:
Middlebury offers several incentives for sustainability research. Each year, the Fellowships in Environmental Journalism support one Middlebury College senior as well as other young journalists (both Middlebury and non-Middlebury graduates) as they work on a reporting project about humans' relationship with the environment. Additionally, Environmental Council Grants often fund student research positions related to sustainability. Environmental Affairs also funds collaborative student and faculty research in sustainability, primarily through the Gretchen Reilly '60 Environmental Fund. Sustainable Study Abroad Grants are available to students studying abroad through Middlebury College. Students have received funding for sustainable study abroad projects that will lead to a senior thesis through Mellon Research Grants as well.
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:
While the Environmental Council Grants do not directly fund faculty research, they fund student research positions, enabling faculty to have help with their sustainability-related research projects. Environmental Affairs also funds collaborative student and faculty research in sustainability, primarily through the Gretchen Reilly '60 Environmental Fund. Stipends are also provided for faculty to attend summer workshops on integrating sustainability into their disciplinary topics.
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:
We do not have a formal policy regarding interdisciplinary research, but the interdisciplinary program directors and chairs contribute a letter for candidates during the promotion and tenure process that describes the value of their research in the field, which are regarded at the same levels as departmental letters.
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:
Environmental Studies and School of the Environment have a research liaisons in the library. Liaison support includes library collection development, research classes and assistance, web pages, Moodle or WordPress (for course sites), digitization, and other technology projects.
The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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