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

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems invites outstanding applicants to apply for our Environment and Society Fellowship. Fellows will receive one year of departmental support, which includes full living stipend, health insurance, and full tuition remission. Fellows will also receive up to an additional four years of full-time support in the form of a teaching assistantship. We welcome applicants from across the natural and social sciences.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems is a multi-disciplinary department with an emphasis on examining the dynamic relationship between social and natural processes. Our Department recognizes that human-environment relationships encompass a wide range of political, cultural, chemical, biological, economic, and atmospheric phenomena, and we are committed to integrative research and graduate training that reflects the current complexity of environmental issues today.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) was created with initial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Center’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environmental, social, and economic consequences of transformation of the urban landscape. CUERE performs its mission through cooperative research projects, conferences and symposia, and support of University teaching programs. For more information please visit: https://cuere.umbc.edu/

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

B. Criteria and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure

2. The activities considered to be within the criteria for promotion and tenure
shall be flexible and expansive. The assessment of teaching,
research/scholarship/creative activities, and service during the promotion
and tenure process shall give appropriate recognition, consistent with the
institution’s mission, to faculty accomplishments that are collaborative,
interdisciplinary, and interinstitutional and to faculty innovations in areas
such as undergraduate education, minority-achievement programs, K-16
curriculum development, and technology-enhanced learning.

UMBC Faculty Handbook Section 6

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library's Reference Staff can help individuals navigate library resources so they can complete their work. The staff offers reference assistance (in person, email, chat, phone), subject consultations,subject guides, in-class instruction, and workshops. The library maintains the Geography and Environmental Systems subject guide available at: http://lib.guides.umbc.edu/ges

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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