Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date June 30, 2016
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Portland State University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Beth Lloyd-Pool
Program Administrator
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
236

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
682

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
45

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
55

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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:

Faculty with the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, and Research Assistant Professor were considered to have formal research obligations, and their names were collected for each academic department. Departments with no faculty with these rankings were not considered an academic department that conducts research. From this list, sustainability research faculty were either self-identified or identified as receiving sustainability funding for research related work.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Thad Miller, assistant professor of urban civic ecology at Portland State University, marries rigorous scholarship with community engagement resulting in truly impactful classes and readily applicable research. His work to link sustainability science to social action, policies, and socio-technical change, is motivated by a desire to better connect
scientific research with solutions for beneficial societal outcomes. In December, Miller published Reconstructing Sustainability Science, which has the potential to become a cornerstone text for sustainability programs and curriculum development around the world. He’s currently studying the role of sustainability in the smart cities movement
and working to foster greater dialogue between urban areas that are imagining the future of their cities in different ways. This spring, Miller was named as an executive team member of a prestigious, international Sustainability Research Network award from the National Science Foundation—one of just two in the country—led by Arizona
State University. The multidisciplinary $12 million project will involve some 50 researchers at 15 institutions assessing urban resilience to extreme weather events. Miller’s national star is on the rise and he is an example of a young faculty member who chose to come to PSU four years ago because of the University’s reputation for sustainability.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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