|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2016|
University of Richmond
AC-10: Support for Research
Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:
The University offers course credit for student fellowships and research during the semester or over the summer with a professor. Credit is also offered for research completed abroad as well as at off-site facilities. The University also provides students with living expenses and a stipend for fellowships. Students enrolled in Environmental Studies, Geography and the Environment, Biology, and other departments often choose sustainability-related topics.
All University of Richmond students who are interested in an Arts & Sciences discipline, including sustainability-related fields, and who wish to conduct full-time research over the course of the summer can apply for a summer research fellowship through the School of Arts & Sciences. Fellowships are available for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks.
Environmental Studies faculty are committed to mentoring undergraduate student research projects. There is a focus on communicating results, seeking publication in peer-reviewed journals, and making formal presentations at the School of Arts & Sciences’ annual Student Symposium, as well asat national and international conferences.
There is a faculty-reviewed poster session on sustainability topics at the annual Student Symposium. The top three posters receive awards.
The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
While not specific to encouraging research, the University of Richmond has Faculty Learning Communities that create space for collaboration across disciplines. Each Faculty Learning Community (FLC) encourages cross-program, cross-department, and cross-school interdisciplinary engagement with projects that are germane to the institution’s mission and the greater good of the University, the City of Richmond, the nation, and the world. Each FLC cohort engages in collaborative year-long projects that reflect the breadth and depth of UR faculty and staff commitment to both producing and expanding the frontiers of knowledge and education for the common good. The Climate Change REMAP at UR explores how the power of liberal education can be used to combat global climate change. This FLC is built upon five imperatives: respond, educate, mitigate, adapt and prevent (REMAP).
The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
To encourage, recognize, and formalize contributions by faculty to academic programs in schools other than the one in which they hold their primary appointment, or between departments within a school, the University has developed guidelines by which the deans, President, and Provost of the University may confer secondary appointments upon those faculty for whom such appointments are recommended. All joint appointments are documented in memos of understanding, and include a specification of how the coordinators/chairs/deans of the interacting programs/departments/schools will contribute to the annual faculty evaluation process and/or the mid-course/tenure review.
The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:
The University Library has created a guide for sustainability-related materials. This guide showcases Boatwright Library's resources for research on sustainability and related topics
The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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