Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.20
Liaison Juanita Van Norman
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie Nairn
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):

The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL):
CATL is the academic support unit that provides leadership and expertise in furthering the mission of teaching and learning at the University of Manitoba. The Centre has six key areas of practice:
- Faculty Development and Consultation
- Curriculum Development and Renewal
- Research, Evaluation and Innovation
- Flexible Learning Course Development and Support
- UM Learn and Solutions
- Strategic Projects and Programming
CATL offers a broad range of teaching development supports that assist instructors, teaching assistants, and post-doctoral fellows. Some of the services that the Centre offers include Indigenous pedagogical resources and consultations, and equity, diversity, and inclusion consultations all of which fit within the priority areas of the UM Sustainability Strategy. In addition, the Faculty Development Initiatives Fund supports initiatives at the faculty/school or department level that enhance faculty development. The fund provides financial support for projects focusing on unit development such as department or faculty retreats, strategic planning, priority setting activities and capacity building – such as integrating sustainability into faculty priorities.

Summer Institute on Literacy in Indigenous Content:
The Summer Institute is hosted by the Faculty of Arts and sponsored by the VP Indigenous Office. The purpose is to meet TRC Call to Action #57 which calls upon provincial employees to learn the history of Indigenous peoples including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous-Crown relations through skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism. The program is designed to provide support to faculty who wish to infuse Indigenous content into their existing courses as is recommended in the current UM strategic plan through discussion of issues and approaches to teaching Indigenous content such as selecting sources, constructing a syllabus and discussing race in the classroom.

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

The Office of Sustainability annually recognizes and celebrates a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional and continuous integration of one of more SDGs into their teaching, research and engagement activities with the Faculty Sustainability Award. The faculty member must create engaging opportunities for students through experiential learning, course design, innovative research and assignment creation. They also must show a keen interest in campus-related activities and sustainability as a whole.

The Office of Sustainability also annually recognizes and celebrates one staff who has advanced UM’s commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability. One staff member is awarded the Staff Sustainability Award which recognizes an individual staff member’s effort to educate, advocate and advance one or more SDGs within their department and/or unit. The person chosen must show a keen interest in campus-related activities and sustainability as a whole. Sustainability may or may not be defined in this person’s job responsibilities.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
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