Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Tess Esposito
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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University of Dayton
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

In 2014, the George and Amanda Hanley Foundation made a gift to establish the Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI) at the University of Dayton to support UD as a national leader for innovation in sustainability education. The confluence of implementing the Common Academic Program (CAP) and launching the Hanley Sustainability Institute gives us a unique opportunity to build upon scholarship and student learning in both programs toward the goal of creating a more sustainable future. This funding continues to support the development of undergraduate and graduate sustainability-focused courses and programs, including the creation of the University's first sustainability graduate certificate program, the Sustainability Studies Program and major, and courses such as Cities and Suburbs (UG; 2016) and graduate-level Introduction to Sustainability (2018).

The University is providing resources to support individuals interested in devoting their expertise, time, energy, and imagination to develop courses that address sustainability. UD is also continuing to invite creation of innovative courses that will fulfill upper level CAP requirements. A focus on sustainability provides the UD community with a chance to bring these elements together. In 2015-2017, UD awarded 18 faculty development grants in multiple disciplines and across schools to faculty for development of new sustainability courses.

Additionally, the Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center annually awards faculty development grants for new course development, faculty development, and facilitates awards for faculty achievement to improve teaching and learning. These grants provided the incentives, time, and resources for faculty to develop many of the sustainability-focused courses and programs currently offered on campus. For example, these grants provided the support the development of the capstone courses for the Sustainability, Energy and Environment minor.

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

Workshops held on October 3, 2016 and September 29, 2016 provided all interested faculty the opportunity to develop a conceptual framework for addressing sustainability within their respective disciplines. The Learning Teaching Center also provides on-going support to faculty through workshops, consultations, grants, and awards. Successful grant applicants to the HSI-CAP program are awarded $2500 per person for the development or significant revision of a course and the implementation of the course.

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