|Submission Date||March 2, 2020|
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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Assistant Director of Sustainability
Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :
A brief description of the incentive program(s):
CEEDS Curricular Enhancement Grants:
Smith professors are a world-class group of scholars who are deeply committed to student learning. To increase the environmental literacy of all Smith students, CEEDS (Center for Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability) supports the faculty in bringing environmental concepts and context to a wide variety of courses. Every spring CEEDS invites proposals from faculty (and teams of faculty) for modification and enhancement of existing courses. that will support our mission – to graduate women who excel at integrating knowledge across disciplines in support of environmental decisions and actions.
A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
The CEEDS curricular enhancement grant program is intended to support faculty who wish to modify, revise, and enhance their existing courses. Activities might include development of new lectures or discussion topics, design of new assignments and projects, and incorporation of field trips and experiences. CEEDS can provide expertise, infrastructure, supplemental course funds, and summer stipends (up to $1,000) in support of these efforts. The staff and Environmental Fellows at CEEDS have expertise in astronomy, conservation, ecology, geochemistry, water resources, landscape studies, and campus sustainability. CEEDS manages the 240-acre Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in West Whately, MA and can also coordinate access to equipment, instrumentation, and transportation. Course funds can be used for the purchase of books, materials, and supplies.
Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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