Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.40
Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2014
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University of Illinois Chicago
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 UIC Student Research Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus. In the submission process, students are requried to declare if their project relates to sustainability. If it is, students are encouraged to apply for the sustainability award.

The UIC Engineering Expo is a design competition for the University's senior-level engineering students showcasing their research. The Expo encourages students to broaden their research, and offers a variety of categories for projects. Categories included Environental Sustainability, which featured research projects like Combined Heat and Power for Corn Wet Milling Plant, and Nutrient Removal Using a Constructed Wetland. Another category, Sustainability and Infrastructure for UIC, included research projects such as Sustainable Student Housing, Storm Water Repurposing System for Lecture Center E, and Solar Heating Solutions for UIC Student Center East.


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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:

UIC's Institute for Environmental Sciences and Policy provides seed funding to faculty clusters interested in doing sustainability research.


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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:

In the promotion and tenure guidelines it addresses the issue of interdisciplinary research: "The availability of and reliance on external funding varies considerably across fields and it is important that campus reviewers be told the situation and expectations of the candidate's discipline. Collaborative Work: Because interdisciplinary and multi-investigator research is becoming more common, campus reviewers need more detail on the role of candidates in research and teaching that is collaborative. In the case of research use Section II C. to delineate the contributions of the candidate. Letters from co-authors that document the relative contributions of the co-authors can be especially helpful and should be solicited by the executive head. An executive officer statement that explains the value of collaborative work in a given discipline may also be helpful." While optional, faculty are able to include up to one page in their promotion and tenure papers about interdisciplinary work and include appraisals from colleagues about their collaboration to that research.


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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

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

The University of Illinois faculty developed an e-text titled: Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. It is available at http://cnx.org/content/col11325/latest/.
Also, a research guide is being developed


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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