Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.17
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date July 26, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
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):

UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) introduce the Inclusion Imperative, a major five-year initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

UMBC, in partnership with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University, are cultivating a regional network of scholars, who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. These fundamental partnerships guide the development and implementation of the Inclusion Imperative’s three programs: the Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities, the Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, and the Humanities Teaching Labs. Through these programs, the Inclusion Imperative supports and expands community-engaged humanities research, teaching, and learning focused on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice.

Humanities Teaching Labs (HTLabs) offer flexible, movable resources for course transformation, syllabus redesign, or the development of course projects. HTLab Course Transformation funding can support faculty and student training, digital and other tools, classroom technical support, speakers or consultants, stipends for community participants, and other resources for community-engaged humanities teaching and learning that address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

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

HTLabs Course Transformation Support Grants are open to all full-time UMBC faculty (one application per person) teaching courses with humanities content. Applicants may request up to $4,000 in support.

Additionally, all staff in the program are part of the "Through the Diversity Teaching Network" in the Humanities, Inclusion Imperative Visiting Faculty Fellows, UMBC faculty, and other interested scholars meet to work on curricular and civic-engagement projects. Members explore pedagogical approaches, share works in progress, and partner on curricular and research projects. The program facilitates ongoing partnerships between UMBC and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), builds diversity into the curriculum across area institutions, and creates a supportive and growing network for faculty committed to issues of diversity and inclusion.

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