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University of St. Thomas
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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):
a) The Office of Sustainability Initiatives offers Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability summer course development grants to integrate sustainability into courses. All part- and full-time faculty across the university are eligible to apply. Faculty can develop new courses or integrate sustainability into existing courses. Grants are for courses to be taught the next academic year. This program has been in place for 10 years.
Outcomes: Since Spring 2018, 24 grants have been distributed to 22 faculty across 16 disciplines.
b) The Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award recognizes faculty for innovation and excellence in integrating sustainability into a single course, both through innovation in sustainability content and demonstrated student learning and engagement with sustainability.
Outcomes: Four faculty have earned the Curricular Innovation In Sustainability Award since 2018.
- 2018 Sheneeta White (Operations and Supply Chain Management) and Tim Meyer (Computer & Information Sciences)
- 2019 Olga Herrera (English)
- 2020 Sergey Berg (Computer & Information Sciences)
Previous awardees come from a range of disciplines including Economics, Operations & Supply Chain Management, and Communication and Journalism.
A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
a) Faculty who receive the annual implementation grant receive $1,000 during the summer to reformulate their syllabus.
b) Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award recipients receive $1,000.
Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Curriculum Integration Grant Application for Academic Year 2020- 2021: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofsustainability/documents/Curriculum-Integration-Grant-Application-2020.pdf