Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Chad King
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainbility
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The University of Denver offers a variety of service learning courses in a diversity of academic departments in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL).

Service learning is about DU students and their relationship to communities. Students who enroll in a service learning course at DU learn to:
- improve academic knowledge as a direct result of their community experience;
- engage in effective dialogue about local and/or global issues with individuals and groups at the community organization;
- examine critical community issues from multiple perspectives;
- develop the ability to obtain relevant knowledge of local and/or global civic structures that will enable them to implement change;
- apply scholarly resources to benefit the communities with which they engage.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) provides financial and administrative support to faculty to assist in:
- collaborating with each other on community-based issues, such as campus environmental sustainability.
- hosting workshops, and fostering community partner dialogues;
- promoting and increasing public good activities at the University of Denver.

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) provides the support and structures that empower students to turn their big ideas regarding a research project on inequality into reality. Each scholar will follow a project structure that includes: research; development of a project plan in conjunction with faculty mentor, IRISE colleagues, and other DU students; and implementation, documentation and evaluation of their public project. IRISE inequity Scholars will receive a $2,000 annual fellowship for their work between February 1 and June 30 of each academic year. In addition, each scholar is eligible to receive a $1000 annual project stipend to implement community work. Faculty mentors will receive $500 in recognition of their intensive mentoring role.
http://www.du.edu/irise/research-grants/undergrad-student.html


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

The University of Denver is committed to academic excellence as determined principally by teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity, institutional self-governance, and service.

Both promotion to a higher academic rank and reappointment are primary ways for recognizing such excellence in performance. Decisions about the promotion of a faculty member must be based upon high departmental standards to ensure that the candidate possesses qualifications which meet current departmental and University expectations.

Scholarly output and creative activity is defined as: including publications, creative work,
consultation, presentations in public media, public performance, exhibitions, and interdisciplinary and community-engaged research, and other activities promoting the public good.


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No
+ Date Revised: March 21, 2016

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

None

+ Date Revised: March 21, 2016

The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
None
+ Date Revised: March 21, 2016

The University of Denver hopes to continue to develop similar initiatives and incentives in areas more specific to sustainability. This has included funding student research out of the sustainability fund administered by the Sustainability Committee of Undergraduate Student Government, with hopes of continuing to expand this type of opportunity.

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