Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Sanchez
Asst. Prof/Assist. Director
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :
Yes

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

1. The Leonard Peters Faculty Fellows in Sustainability provide opportunities for Pitt faculty members focused on sustainability to contribute to strategic Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation goals, including their mission of interdisciplinary excellence in sustainability research and education. Past and present fellows include:

2019
Dr. Mike Blackhurst (Urban and Regional Analysis Program)
Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown (Dept. of Geology and Environmental Science)

2020
Dr. Mike Blackhurst (Urban and Regional Analysis Program)
Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown (Dept. of Geology and Environmental Science)
Dr. Tony Kerzmann (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science)

2. The John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellows program was established by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation with the direct support of the University of Pittsburgh's Provost to enhance the university’s mission of interdisciplinary excellence in research and education. Faculty members from all disciplines across the University of Pittsburgh are eligible.
Past Fellows include:
2015
Dr. Jeremy Weber (Economist from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
Dr. Dan Bain (Department of Geology)
Dr. Walter Carson (Dept. of Biological Sciences)
2016
Dr. Jeremy Weber (Economist from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
Dr. Dan Bain (Department of Geology)
Dr. Walter Carson (Dept. of Biological Sciences)

2017
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)
Alex Jones (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Emily Elliott (Department of Geology)

2018
Emily Elliott (Department of Geology)
John Sebastian (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Mike Blackhurst (Center for Social and Urban Research)
They created and co-teach the "Current Issues in Sustainability" course and the Sustainability Capstone course as well as promote interdisciplinary research with their collaborations.

2019
Mike Blackhurst (Center for Social and Urban Research)
Paul Leu (Industrial Engineering)
Andrea LaNauze (Economics)
Justin Kitzes (Biological Sciences)
Robert Kerestes (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Ruth Mostern (History)

2020
David Finegold (Department of Human Genetics)
Andrew Strathern (Department of Anthropology)
Pamela Stewart Strathern (Department of Anthropology)
Robert Kerestes (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Joshua Groffman (University of Pitt Bradford Campus)
Katherine Hornbostel (Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science)
Sarah Keubbing (Biological Sciences)
Tony Kerzmann (Mechanical Engineering)


A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

Sustainability Faculty Programs incentivize faculty with awards ranging from $5,000-$20,000 to broaden their academic focus related to sustainability. Funds can be used for summer salary, course release, professional development, training etc.


Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
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