Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Yolanda Cieters
Associate Director
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability’s (CEJS) annual fellowship program has supported student scholarship in environmental justice and sustainability since 2013. Proposals may be submitted by individual students or by student teams. Proposals for student fellowships are encouraged from all disciplines and for all types of scholarly research on topics related to environmental justice or sustainability. Projects that include collaboration across disciplines or schools/colleges are particularly encouraged. The program provides support for new projects and for extending previous endeavors. CEJS student fellows are expected to produce a tangible scholarly product, such as a substantial academic paper, a conference presentation, an artistic exhibit or presentation, or other pre-professional product as a result of their participation in this program. Each Fellowship Award is a $2500 stipend per student project.
Read more: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/ejs-research-at-su/cejs-fellowships/

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

1. In fall 2020, in support of SU’s strategic priorities, two Summer Faculty Fellowships were designated to support environmental justice and sustainability scholarship. The Summer Faculty Fellowships (SFF) is a program run by the Office of Sponsored Projects. The SFF is for full-time tenure-track, tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship. The fellowship amount is $7,100 total. See here for more info: https://www.seattleu.edu/sponsored-projects/funding/summer-fellowship/

2. The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) offers Faculty Research Summer Fellowships that advance the University’s Jesuit Catholic Mission. The Summer Faculty Research Fellowships (up to $7,100) encourage the exploration of a rich Catholic intellectual tradition that has made contributions to literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, social movements and social teachings. Applications that focus on recent areas of exploration by the ICTC are especially encouraged, such as immigration, migration and displacement; integral ecology and environmental justice; imagination and the arts; racial justice and inclusion; hope for the youth; and interreligious & interspiritual dialogue. Through the ICTC fellowships, faculty members are able to travel for research purposes, study archives, and ethnographic work. See here for more info: https://www.seattleu.edu/ictc/faculty/research-fellowships/

3. The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) offered 5-7 annual faculty fellowships in environmental justice and sustainability between 2013-2017. See here for more info: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/ejs-research-at-su/cejs-fellowships/

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

In addition to the Law School curriculum and courses, Seattle University has several undergraduate and graduate degree programs that support sustainability topics, including Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Public Administration and Leadership. To support these programs, the library provides access to a broad array of print and electronic resources including articles, ebooks, ejournals, and databases related to sustainability, ecology, environment, laws, justice, policy, and leadership.

Library Faculty use SpringShare’s LibGuides’ content management system to curate knowledge and share information, organize class and subject specific resources, and to create and manage websites. Information literacy instruction sessions not only promote information literacy, but they help students discover library resources, specific Internet sites, organizations and agencies that provide a relevant focus on sustainability and environmental topics.

The university funds the library’s annual Books and Materials budget that support the acquisition and licensing of print and electronic resources across the curriculum including the needs of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

The library is also a member of The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a library consortium serving academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The Alliance runs a shared library management system and discovery interface, works on collective purchasing, facilitates access to unique and local collections, and coordinates resource sharing for our members. Membership in The Alliance provides students and faculty alike with significantly enhanced access to resources in a variety of formats.

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