Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.90
Liaison Sarah Stoeckl
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Brittney de Alicante
Executive Assistant
Office of Research and Innovation
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:
Scores of research assistance awards are available at the department, college, and university level. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) recently launched a new website that provides a consolidated location for students to find resources on research funding opportunities, including those on sustainability research.

Graduate students can find research opportunities here: https://research.uoregon.edu/plan/find-funding/internal-funding-opportunities#departmental.

Undergraduate students can find resources here: https://research.uoregon.edu/plan/undergraduate-research

Examples of sustainability research programs for students include the Eco Systems Workforce Program ( http://ewp.uoregon.edu/about/experience) and the Environmental Leadership Program (http://envs.uoregon.edu/environmental-leadership-program-2/).

Positive outcomes: Seven interdisciplinary research teams addressing major areas around sustainability, resilience and climate change have received seed grants through the Resilience Initiative seed funding program.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:
The University of Oregon offers a number of incentives that encourage faculty research in sustainability. Most notably, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) launched the Resilience Initiative in Spring 2019.

The Resilience Initiative aims to build new, trans-disciplinary collaborations and support the development of new research agendas in social-environmental research. Sponsored by the OVPRI, this seed funding program supports creative and innovative approaches to research and scholarship that are rigorous in approach and inventive in design, while also grounded in principles of ethical leadership and social and environmental justice.

The Resilience Initiative website can be found here: https://resilience.uoregon.edu/.

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
All academic departments and programs with tenure-related faculty appointments must have promotion and tenure criteria that have been reviewed and approved by their dean and by Academic Affairs. Several allude to the interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research in that particular field. Department-level criteria for tenure can be found at https://provost.uoregon.edu/department-unit-policies.

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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:
University of Oregon Libraries provides Research Guides for a variety of research areas, including sustainability. These guides can be divided by subject area (see: http://researchguides.uoregon.edu/?b=s). The Environmental Studies subject area contains 10 different guides related to sustainability. However, a number of other subject areas also contain relevant research guides, notably Food Studies, Marine Biology, and Planning and Public Policy.

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