Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Julie Chen
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Office of the Chancellor
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
371

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
100

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
26.95

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
6

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
6

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
100

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

The attached inventory includes all faculty and staff that have had funded research in the past year.

Please note, UMass Lowell is a public, research institution, therefore, we have departments comprised of only researchers called research centers. They are included in this inventory. For more and current information on research at UMass Lowell please see https://www.uml.edu/Research/


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

UMass Lowell reviewed descriptions of all funded research projects conducted in the past year at the university. Research was considered "sustainability research" if it addressed the same sustainability criteria utilized for the sustainability course inventory.

Analysis for research at the university had to be broken down by college, not by department. Many research projects at UMass Lowell are funded through the Dean's Office in each of the colleges, funding is not always routed through an academic department. We would miss a large number of funded research projects If we just analyzed funding routed through academic departments.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Sustainability research is research that leads toward solutions that simultaneously support social wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health. It includes research and scholarship that:

Explicitly addresses sustainability and/or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental issues;

Contributes directly toward solving one or more major sustainability challenge (e.g. contributes toward achieving principles outlined in the Earth Charter); and/or

Engages community members with the aim of combining knowledge and action to achieve positive social, economic and environmental outcomes (e.g. participatory and community-based research and engaged scholarship

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