Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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Northeastern University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Casey Shetterly
Special Projects - Sustainability
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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):

Sustainability is one of Northeastern University's three main strategic and programmatic pillars. A substantial portion of faculty research is in this area, as are a significant number of the new faculty hires. Seminars and workshops on research in sustainability are sponsored each year by the university, the colleges and research institutes. The university is home to numerous research centers and institutes, focused on various facets of sustainability that cross colleges. These include centers focused on renewable energy, marine science, environmental health research, and global resilience. Among the newest of these is the Coastal Sustainability Institute, which focuses on three grand challenges: 1) Global Change Science and Modeling Across the Land-Sea Interface, 2) Security and Sustainability of Coastal Resources, and 3) Environmental Sensing and Big Data.

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

Over the past five years, the university has appointed more than 250 tenured- and tenure-track faculty members, with a focus on scholars who collaborate across disciplines. In that same time frame, external awards for faculty research nearly doubled. Advancing the academic mission focus of sustainability, security and health is encouraged through internal funding and incentives are developed by the individual colleges and institutes.

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

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