Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Covington
Data Analyst and Office Administrator
Facilities Services
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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 University of Tennessee Smart Communities Initiative encourages faculty to create new courses or embed sustainability projects into existing courses that engage students in solving real sustainability (environmental, social and economic) issues in their local community. During the fiscal year 2018, the Smart Communities Initiative paired with the Southeast Tennessee Development District, which encompasses ten nearby counties in Southeast Tennessee. Seventeen faculty members from seven colleges and 18 departments taught 43 SCI courses. These projects revolved around environmental sustainability, economic viability, and social integrity. For more information, see http://servicelearning.utk.edu/sci-2015-16-projects/ and http://engagement.utk.edu/blog/2015/sci-feature/

A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
Faculty members can receive grant funding for course project expenses as well as departmental or University-wide recognition for their course results. Each semester Student Faculty Research Awards are used to advance the scholarship of graduate students and faculty working in partnership. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded to the selected student/faculty pairs and are intended to help support student research/scholarship/creative activity; give students experience writing grants; and foster the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.

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:
https://sci.utk.edu/ ; https://sci.utk.edu/smart-communities-initiative/ ; https://sci.utk.edu/pastprojects/

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