Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
823

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
218

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
26.49

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
33

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
28

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
84.85

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Please see attached inventory


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

Identifying Sustainability Researchers:

In order to appropriately document the UT Dallas Research Inventory of Academic Year (AY) 2019, the Office of Sustainability requested a full list of AY 2019 Faculty through the Provost's Office. The UT Dallas profile website, https://profiles.utdallas.edu/, was utilized to search for faculty who conduct sustainability research. In order to filter for sustainable research and scholarships that explicitly focused on major sustainability challenges, certain key words were used relating to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG(s)) [document attached in additional documentation to support the submission].

Some faculty did not have their research information on the UT Dallas profile website and a secondary approach was taken in order to evaluate sustainable research and scholarships. The Office accessed every school's (8 Schools at UT Dallas) main website and located the faulty/research page. The faculty/research page individually listed faculty and their associated works in research. The Office then audited each faculty member based on the key words described above.

In order to protect against false positives that occurred from utilizing key word searches, ALL sustainability researchers that were identified using the key word searches were then audited by the Sustainability Director to ensure that research was focused or related to sustainability.

Identifying total researchers:

The spreadsheet with all faculty (1314 records) and the faculty profiles website (975 records) both included faculty that were not researchers. The number of researchers reported was calculated during the false positive auditing of the faculty spreadsheet containing 1314 records. 940 researchers were audited for false positive testing and it was determined that 62.6% were active researchers. Faculty were considered active researchers if the research profile page or the departmental website featured research interests or publications. The rate of 62.6% active researchers was then assumed to be the same for all 1,314 faculty records, which provided the reported number of 823.


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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Faculty list from Fall 2018 was used for the audit, and research profiles online were audited during summer 2019.

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