Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.72
Liaison Lindsey Abernathy
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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University of Mississippi
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Shirley Gray
Instructor of Writing
Department of Writing and Rhetoric
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
No

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Mississippi's Flagship Constellations initiative brings together multidisciplinary teams from the main campus and the university's medical center with the goal of creating solutions in four areas, two of which directly relate to sustainability: Community Wellbeing and Disaster Resilience. Each constellation has an operating budget of $10,000 per year for three years, and all award seed grants to interdisciplinary research related to those topics. The Community Wellbeing Constellation is working within communities to identify factors impairing wellbeing and to deploy new programs and practices to build stronger more vibrant communities. Projects focus on communities across the rural-urban continuum that face increasing challenges to their economies, personal health, environmental health, food security, housing, and infrastructure. Seed grant projects related to Community Wellbeing include research to help communities in Jackson, Mississippi, uncover and understand the link between water quality and health; an assessment to understand barriers to voting in marginalized communities living in rural Mississippi; and work to encourage healthy behaviors in Mississippi teenagers through involving the teens in the research process. The Disaster Resilience constellation is working to reduce the impact of disasters on our communities with a multifaceted methodology: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. It is also planning a tabletop exercise to simulate an earthquake and response to an earthquake to help nearby communities plan for such disasters. Each constellation team consists of faculty, staff, and students.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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