Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.90
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date March 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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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:

While we don't currently have a program specifically focused on students conducting research in sustainability; we do have funds available that students have used in the past for sustainability research.

Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experiences (FUSE) Grant supports faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and creative activity. While not specifically geared towards sustainability, students have applied for this grant to do sustainability research. The grant is up to $4,500 per student and only available to UNO undergraduates.

Graduate Research and Creative Activity (GRACA) Grant supports faculty-mentored graduate student research and creative activity. While not specifically geared towards sustainability, students have applied for this grant to do sustainability research. The grant is up to $5,000 per student and is only available to UNO graduate students.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

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

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Research support is provided through several venues at UNO, including the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), the Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA), and the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE).

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) through the Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) annually sponsors the Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA). This award is presented to a tenured, Graduate Faculty member to recognize achievement in research or creative activity. Recipients receive a monetary award in addition to a medallion and plaque and are recognized at the spring faculty convocation event. Descriptions of the most recent award recipients can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/faculty-support/teaching-excellence/2018-awards.php.

The Center for Collaborative Science, based in UNO's College of Business Administration, continues to support efforts for collaboration-related research. An interdisciplinary team of faculty provides leadership and management oversight for projects exploring work practices and other facets of collaboration.

Criss Library oversees UNO's institutional repository Digital Commons. This service continues to collect the working papers, published articles, conference presentations, other scholarly publications and research artifacts produced by UNO faculty.

The Center for Faculty Excellence continues to sponsor Communities of Practice (CoPs) in an effort to support interdisciplinary collaboration and continued research development. Outcomes for those CoPs formed during 2017-2018 included redesigned courses, the creation of publications such as manuscripts and books, as well as conference presentations and grant proposals. A full report on CoPs, including participation figures, is available from https://www.unomaha.edu/faculty-support/_files/17-18-cop-outcomes.pdf"


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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

UNO Libraries holds thousands of physical and electronic books, journal articles, and other media that support student, faculty, and staff research into sustainability. Several librarians offer one-on-one research support as well. A research guide for sustainability is maintained by the libraries at: http://libguides.unomaha.edu/sustainability.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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