Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.75
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date July 24, 2017
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Cindy Shea
Director, Sustainability Office
Campus Enterprises
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
3,065

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
687

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
22.41

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
182

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
147

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
80.77

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:

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

Research Inventory Methodology
Researchers: A list of faculty and non-faculty researchers was obtained from Institutional Research. Clinical faculty from medical disciplines were deleted from the list. This resulted in 3065 faculty engaged in research.
The RAMSeS database at UNC tracks funded research. The names of faculty receiving grants and their research topics are tracked by year. A list of 186 sustainability keywords, developed by the Sustainability Advisory Committee, was used to search the RAMSeS database for research awards made within the past three years. Faculty whose research resulted in multiple hits were included in the inventory. If there were questions about the relevance of the research, further search methods were employed, including website searches and emails. After identifying all research departments, institutes, and centers, additional faculty performing sustainability research were identified. In total, 687 faculty were identified as conducting sustainability-related research.

Departments: Data from Institutional Research and online web searches identified 212 departments, institutes, and centers, of which 182 conduct research. Sustainability-related research is conducted by 147 departments.

The percentage of research faculty who conduct research related to sustainability or sustainability challenges is 22%. The percentage of departments conducting sustainability-related research is 81%.


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