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

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.39 / 12.00 Phillip Thompson
Director
CEJS
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
390

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
88

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
22.56

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
46

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
31

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
67.39

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

See attached Excel file: "AC9-MASTER_Sustainability Research Inventory_STARS_2021"


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

--To create the master inventory of sustainability research at SU (attached Excel file):
o A sustainability research survey was created and sent out to faculty at all SU Colleges/Schools during summer of 2020. The main question was: "In the last three years (AY17-18, AY18-19, AY19-20), did you engage in scholarship or academic research related to social justice, economic and/or environmental sustainability?". 161 faculty members responded. The full survey questions can be found in the attached Excel file, tab "Survey Questions."
o All the CEJS (Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability) Faculty Experts and Faculty Fellows on the CEJS website were included in this data if they conducted any sustainability-focused research and the date of their research was within the last three fiscal years, that is FY18,19,20: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/what-you-can-do/faculty-experts/ and https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/ejs-research-at-su/cejs-fellowships/past-faculty-fellows/
o ICTC (Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture) and Center for Business Ethics Fellows who produced research relating to sustainability were included in this data if the date of their research was within the last three fiscal years, that is FY18,19,20: https://www.seattleu.edu/ictc/faculty/research-fellowships/research-grant-recipients/ and
https://www.seattleu.edu/business/centers-and-programs/center-for-business-ethics/research-and-ideas/
o Office for Sponsored Projects: OSP Lightning Talks (a quarterly presentation of SU faculty research) and research projects relating to sustainability were included in this data if the date of the research was within the last three fiscal years: FY18,19,20
o Faculty members who were included in the sustainability research inventory that SU submitted to STARS in 2018 were reviewed and included again on this 2021 inventory IF the faculty member continued their sustainability research in the past three years.

--For Total number of employees that conduct research: We obtained a list of all faculty for FY18, FY19 and FY20 from SU’s Institutional Research. We then reduced the list to ONLY Tenure and Tenure-track faculty members (that is, faculty members who do research at SU) and excluded any duplicate counts of faculty so that each faculty member was listed only once for the three fiscal years combined (FY18, FY19, FY20). Based on that analysis, 390 faculty members at SU are engaged in research

--For Number of employees engaged in sustainability research: we followed the methodology as explained above but ONLY included Tenure and Tenure-track faculty members in the Master sustainability research inventory (so it is consistent with the “total number of employees that conducts research”)

--For Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research: We obtained a list of all departments for AY19-20 from SU’s Institutional Research. We then verified and adjusted the data with information obtained from the different schools/colleges “departments” lists online.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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