Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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North Carolina State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tracy Dixon
Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Office of Undergraduate Research works to support and promote discovery, inquiry and creativity-based opportunities through mentored research experiences. In 2015 a sustainability award was added as a part of the Undergraduate Research Symposium.


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

NC State research is transforming the world. As a land-grant university with annual research expenditures of $380 million, NC State’s current research is innovating in sustainability-related areas, including energy, transportation, materials, human health, economic solutions and policy. Plus, the university’s research-based Centennial Campus hosts more than 130 companies and 1,800 employees working alongside NC State faculty, staff, post-docs and students.

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program is bringing some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State University’s interdisciplinary efforts to solve some of the globe’s most significant problems. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, the cluster hiring program is adding 77 new faculty members in 20 select fields to add more breadth and depth to NC State’s already-strong efforts. Faculty clusters are listed here, https://workthatmatters.ncsu.edu/

Additionally, NC State is home to many sustainability-related research centers and partners such as:

Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC)
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)
Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM)
Institute for Emerging Issues: Environment
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy
Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education
Poole College of Management Sustainability Initiative
North Carolina Sea Grant College Program
State Climate Office of North Carolina
Southeast Climate Science Center
Southeast Regional Climate Hub
Water Resources Research Institute
Energy Council
NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Sustainable Cities Research Consortium


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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?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

Society’s biggest problems don’t fit neatly into traditional academic boundaries. To answer ongoing and emerging questions, the world's top universities are exploring innovative ways to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration. NC State is a global leader in this exciting and challenging effort.

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, launched in 2011, is recruiting some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State’s community of world-leading faculty at the forefront of this initiative. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, new thematic clusters are adding over 75 new faculty members in 20 select fields to enhance the breadth and depth of NC State’s solution-driven research and innovation.

The current 20 clusters have been selected on several important criteria:

Ability to achieve national eminence in proposed topic
Alignment with university strategic priorities
Demonstration of real interdisciplinarity
Potential to build on an existing university strength (or strength of the existing assets)
Opportunity for faculty to engage in both research and teaching of proposed topic
Ability to attract funding
Commitment to share resources and physical infrastructure
Inclusion of multiple colleges
Demonstration of a balanced hiring plan with clear leadership
Potential to attract diverse faculty

The following policy specifically addresses faculty promotion and tenure- POL 05.20.01 - Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Permanent Tenure, https://policies.ncsu.edu/policy/pol-05-20-01


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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

NC State has publicly declared its commitment to incorporate the ideals of a sustainable institution into all aspects of campus life. The NCSU Libraries seeks to support curricular, research, and extension needs in the field of sustainability via materials acquisition (e.g., books, journals, databases), course support (e.g., guides, instruction, web resources), and intensive support for researchers throughout the scholarly research life cycle (e.g., grants and funding, data management, publishing and copyright).


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