Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.89
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Houston
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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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):

An example of implemented curriculum as a result of the Energy Initiative can be found in the Undergraduate Program section of STARS under energy and sustainability minor.

Additionally, the University of Houston department of Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support (FDIS) has an ongoing grant award process known as the Teaching Innovation Program (TIP) geared specifically to foster innovative approaches to teaching, course development, and course sustainability. Guided by the FDIS commitment to innovative practices, the majority of awards go to courses that foster interdisciplinary collaboration, new technology to allow for better and more accessible distance education, and the flipped course model. For example, through TIPS the music school was able to launch: Incorporation of New Emerging Music Notation Technology—Using iPads to Replace Paper Scores and Parts.

New courses, and even minors, have already grown from the awards granted by TIP. Examples of awards relating to sustainability include: the innovative flipped courses for the interdisciplinary food and society minor, iPad curriculum equipping students for success in the new media environment (paperless course), flipped STEM coursework with ICS videos, and art history hybrid courses through app and web development (developing a free visual database of humanity-related art).

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

Funds for online teaching equipment: computers, projectors, iPads, etc.
Summer pay for curriculum development
Stipends to organize sustainability reading groups
Stipends to take part in sustainability reading groups
Budgeted pay to hire and train co-directors of new programs
Leave from department duties to develop new course materials
Positive priority press coverage of new courses and programs

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

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