Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.01
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

Southern Oregon University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rebecca Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Management, Sustainability and Planning
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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):

Following being awarded a grant for SOU Sustainability Curriculum Initiative (SOUSCI), Southern Oregon University developed a program to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. The program was initiated in Fall 2019 and is led by a team of four faculty from the division of Business, Communication, and the Environment (BCE). It involves training and workshops for faculty. A cohort of ten faculty from BCE interested in integrating sustainability into their curriculum was identified via a proposal submission. The cohort of faculty attended a one-day workshop, as well as monthly meetings with the cohort, the program facilitators, and guest speakers. Each faculty committed to substantially changing some component of their course’s curriculum and/or pedagogy to incorporate a commitment to sustainability. Faculty integrated sustainability into a variety of courses – from argumentation and critical thinking, operations management, food, and beverage management, to film theory and practice and management information systems. In 2019-2020, the focus was on the environmental aspects of sustainability, and in 2020-2021 it was on the equity, diversity, and inclusion aspects and for the 2021-2022 academic year it has an economic focus.

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

It involves training and workshops for faculty through presentations and discussions on the integration of sustainability.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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