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Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2016
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University of Richmond
AC-9: Academic Research

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Complete Expired Malcolm Hill
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

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

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Jeremy Drummond (Art)
Erling Sjovold (Art)
Emily Boone (Biology)
Jory Brinkerhoff (Biology)
Kristine Grayson (Biology)
Rafael de Sa (Biology)
April Hill (Biology)
Malcolm Hill (Biology)
Roni Kingsley (Biology)
Peter Smallwood (Biology)
Amy Treonis (Biology)
Carrie Wu (Biology)
Christopher Stevenson (Chemistry)
Barry Lawson (Computer Science)
Erik Craft (Economics)
Tim Hamilton (Economics)
Jonathan Wight (Economics)
Patricia Stohr-Hunt (Education)
Julietta Singh (English)
Mary Finley-Brook (Geography)
Todd Lookingbill (Geography)
David Salisbury (Geography)
Kimberley Britt Klinker (Geography)
Nicole Sackley (History)
Sydney Watts (History)
Stephen Nash (Journalism)
W. Wade Berryhill (Law)
Carol N. Brown (Law)
Joel Eisen (Law)
Wendy Collins Purdue (Law)
Noah Sachs (Law)
Don Forsyth (Leadership)
Christopher von Rueden (Leadership)
Neil Ashworth (Management)
Robert Phillips (Management)
Andy Litteral (Management)
Judith Schrempf-Stirling (Management)
Ellen M. Walk (Management)
Ladelle McWhorter (Philosophy)
B. Rick Mayes (Political Science)
Gerard Gilfoyle (Physics)
Yvonne Howell (Russian)
Elizabeth P. Ransom (Sociology)
Maja E. White (Theatre and Dance)
David Kitchen (SPCS)
Porcher L. Taylor (SPCS)

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

A survey of the publications, research interests, and research objectives of faculty was carried out. When questions arose, contact was made with faculty to learn more about their specific sustainability-related research.

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

David Salisbury received a grant entitled "Building Conservation Capacity in a Changing Amazonia" from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Council for Education’s (ACE), and Higher Education for Development (HED) in 2013. The 2.5 year grant is to support efforts to assist a Peruvian Amazonian university, Universidad Nacional de Ucayali, to better prepare students and faculty to improve biodiversity conservation and sustainability in the Amazon rainforest.

David Kitchen published a text book "Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action" with Prentice Hall.

Stephen Nash published "Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming will Tranform our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests" with University of Virginia Press.

A symposium on how to protect Virginia's wildlife and natural wealth such as forests and wetlands from the threat of climate change was held by Environmental Studies students (organized by professors Peter Smallwood and Steve Nash). The symposium was followed by a meeting of the Virginia Governor's Climate and Resiliency Commission.

Several Living-Learning communities were created including several as part of our Sophmore Scholars in Residence program (e.g., Local to Global (L2G); Geography of the James River Watershed; Protected Lands of the West; Eating Locally, Thinking Globally).

The Parking Lot Project was part of our Tucker-Boatwright Festival, and it transformed a University of Richmond parking lot into a yearlong, collaborative artwork, driven by students from diverse disciplines enrolled in a course through the Department of Art and Art History. The spring section was cross-listed with the Department of Geography and the Environment. Additional spaces were transformed by select students, faculty, and staff from across the University (http://as.richmond.edu/tucker-boatwright/past-events/project.html).

The acting chief of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) discussed “Making Climate Change Research More Relevant to Natural Resource Management”.

The River City Project continued to integrate sustainability across the curriculum at the university. This two day workshop introduced faculty and staff to core concepts of sustainability including the environmental, social, and economic pillars of sustainability with the goal of linking these ideas to a course they teach.

In May, 2015, the University of Richmond came together during a day-long symposium to discuss a vision and strategy for sustainability education and research activities at the University as part of the symposium "Mapping UR's Sustainability Future: Crafting a Vision for Sustainability Teaching, Learning, and Research." 75 people from 37 separate departments and offices, including senior members of the administrative staff, attended. Two national leaders in sustainability in higher education joined the conference as panelists, facilitators, and advisors. Angela Halfacre from Furman University and Neil Leary from Dickinson College offered their expertise and experience as directors of academic centers focused on sustainability.

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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