Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.32
Liaison Andy Mitchell
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois Chicago
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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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):

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management along with the CCSE Education and Research Subcommittee invite UIC faculty to apply for the Teaching Sustainability Initiative Course Development Cohort. In its third year, this program is intended to intentionally grow UIC’s sustainability course offerings to all students.

The Teaching Sustainability Initiative consists of four components designed to make it as easy as possible for participants to add sustainability to their teaching:

1) Teaching Sustainability Workshop. The Office of Sustainability will host a required one-day workshop on May 13, 2021. Participants will work alongside subject matter experts from a varied array of disciplines to begin the development of lesson plans and exercises appropriate for courses in each attendee’s given field. Selected faculty will also be expected to read several short articles prior to the workshop.
2) Feedback and Support. Throughout the summer of 2021, the Office Sustainability, alumni from the program, and subject matter experts in sustainability will be electronically available to provide feedback on initial plans and course revisions.
3) Fall Check-In. In November/December 2021, the Office of Sustainability will hold a final meeting for members of the cohort to discuss lessons learned, things that may bear revision in the future, and plans for the upcoming spring 2022 semester. Participants will be expected to submit their instruction plans, syllabus, or other documents around the time of this meeting. A second meeting in the spring may be required.
4) A Stipend. Faculty or instructors of record will receive monetary support for their participation in the above events.

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

$1,000 to faculty adding significant sustainability components to a preexisting course or courses, with an expectation that this course(s) will be taught no later than the spring 2022 semester.
$2,000 to faculty creating a new course or courses with a sustainability focus, with an expectation that this course(s) will be taught no later than the fall 2022.
Half of the stipend amount will be offered upon acceptance to the cohort; the other half will be provided after provision of the final syllabus and start of instruction. Funding is made available through the Sustainability Fee and has been approved by the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board.

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