Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.93
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Darci Connor Maresca
Project Manager, Sustainability Programming
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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? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program. It was established in 2013 (as the Sustainability Curriculum Initiative) to enable UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. The SCF is supported by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and UMass Amherst Libraries. Over the past six years, faculty from across 31 departments have participated in the SCF.


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

The Sustainability Curriculum Fellows program provides two types of incentives -- membership and regular professional development for faculty, and a small financial incentive. The professional development includes a day-long orientation to sustainability education for incoming Fellows during the summer, assistance with syllabus development etc, and then provides faculty fellows with a monthly Fellows gathering at which faculty share best practices with each other, engage with guest speakers etc.

The financial incentives for the SCF program involve $1000 award.


Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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