Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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Pacific University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Undergraduate students at Pacific are required to complete a senior capstone project, that includes research. Students are supported by a capstone adviser, and in most cases also take a writing/research course. Students across disciplines address a wide range of sustainability issues, and many students come through the Center for a Sustainable Society for advice. We also offer credited/non-credited project and internship positions, that include mentoring and funding.

Multiple projects related to sustainability have been completed in recent years, including but not limited to, Joshua Sledden “Civil Disobedience and Environmental Activism”, Aiko Utamaru “Japan’s Invasive Alien Species Act: Conflict Between Animal and Environmental Considerations”, Colton Markham “The Green Problem: How Green Consumption Creates Overconsumption”, Cassandra Gallegos “Agriculture and Society: The Ethical Necessity of Recognizing Interdependence and Closing the Urban-Rural Gap” as well as "Battling Homelessness with Affordable Housing"- Isabella Barcellona and "Growing Up: Vertical Gardening Project Presents Sustainable Food Options"- Makkie Conching.
Students also do some research for the Center for a Sustainable Society, present at the research symposium held at Pacific and the Senior Presentation Day, and occasionally present at external conferences.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Our subject expert is Lynda Irons, and each department, program or college annually designates a faculty member to serve as the library liaison in order to work with a designated librarian to build library services and collections that support curricula and department/program goals.


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