Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.76
Liaison Levi Rogers
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Skidmore College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.61 / 12.00 Karen Kellogg
Director of Sustainability
Dean of Faculty's Office
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
198

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
29

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
14.65

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
32

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
15

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
46.88

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes 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 (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

To create the research inventory, we relied on faculty and staff to self-identify as conducting sustainability research. We sent an email to all applicable faculty and staff reminding them that, as articulated in both Skidmore's Campus Sustainability Plan and our institutional strategic plan Creating Pathways to Excellence, our definition of sustainability includes not only our human impact on the natural world but also the interconnections among the environment, the economy, and society. Faculty voluntarily responded to this email with their department/program affiliation and a brief description of their research interest(s).

It should be noted that developing a comprehensive list of faculty is currently challenging, and our responses in this section are, without question, a significant underrepresentation of the faculty and staff who are doing sustainability research. Because of the lack of clear tracking, we have inevitably overestimated the number of faculty and staff who are actively engaged in research and underestimated the number of faculty and staff who are conducting sustainability research. Skidmore is currently in the process of developing and implementing a database to better track faculty research interests and efforts. In order to create stronger networks around sustainability, we are also launching a series of lunch discussions for faculty and staff interested in teaching and/or conducting research at the intersections of: sustainability and justice, sustainability and business, sustainability and art, sustainability and food, and sustainability and science. Through these efforts, we will not only gain a more accurate picture of who is currently engaging in sustainability research but also broaden engagement by strengthening networks.


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