Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.18
Liaison Josh Nease
Submission Date May 21, 2019
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Radford University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Josh Nease
Sustainability Manager
Academic Programs
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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):

The Radford University "Sustainability Across Curriculum" workshop is for all interested faculty from all disciplines. The goal of the workshop is to inspire and assist in revising existing or creating new curriculum to include sustainability components and/or learning outcomes.

The 1-day workshop at the Selu Conservancy explores how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability – broadly defined – into the classroom. We take a close look at Radford and the New River Valley and then invite participants to engage in local/global comparisons. RU faculty and staff and a few guest speakers facilitate and catalyze discussion of sustainability in curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.  
For this workshop, sustainability in curriculum means: This course teaches students about sustainability – about how meeting current needs does not sacrifice future well-being as it pertains to natural systems, human communities, and economic welfare”.  

The first Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop was held in May 2017 and we plan to offer it every two to three years as funding permits. In May 2019, we are hosting a similar sustainability across curriculum workshop, but focus on “Campus and Community as a Living Sustainability Laboratory”. This workshop will be encouraging sustainability project-based learning with community and campus partners.

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

Participants receive an honorarium of $200 for attending the workshop and revising/developing curriculum. The stipend is awarded when participants submit a progress report on their curriculum revision.

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Josh Nease attended the AASHE Sustainability Across Curriculum workshop in January 2017 and returned to campus and organized the workshop later that semester. In May 2019, we are offering a similar sustainability across curriculum workshop, but focus on “Campus as a Living Sustainability Laboratory”.

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