Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.26
Liaison Matt Wolsfeld
Submission Date March 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Saskatchewan
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Excellence (GMCTE) at the University of Saskatchewan has initiated the Sustainability Faculty Fellows program in 2022. To support faculty in designing, instructing, and assessing in ways that build student competencies for sustainability, six Sustainability Faculty Fellows have been appointed for a two-year term.

In the first year, Fellows will embed teaching practices in their own courses such that students will be able to reflect, share, and act on key competencies for sustainability. This requires the ability to align learning outcomes and assessment activities, model perspective-taking on sustainability issues, collaborate with groups or sectors beyond USask, and integrate activities where students employ adaptive systems thinking and problem solving for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.

In the second year, Fellows will work within their colleges to support other faculty to make an impact through open educational practices and furthering learning for sustainability. This will be approached in ways that meet the needs of each academic unit and may align with USask priorities such as experiential learning through community-engaged or work-integrated learning, student wellness, or other priorities.

This initiative is led out of the Provost's office with Fellows receiving support from the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.

This Faculty Fellows program has replaced the previous course design process with sustainability module offered through GMCTE.

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

Sustainability Faculty Fellows are given funding both years of their fellowship to help develop their courses and work within their colleges to support other faculty to further learning for sustainability.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Teaching and Learning Supports - Sustainability:

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Excellence - Course Design Information:

USask Curriculum Innovation Fund:

USask Experiential Learning Fund:

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