Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.15
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of the Pacific
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jessica Bilecki
Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The University supports research on topics and issues relevant to society. Sustainability is among these topics. Internal grant mechanisms to support faculty/student research include: Scholastic/Artistic Activities Grants and Eberhardt Research Fellowships administered by the Faculty Research Committee; SEED grants administered by the Office of Research and graduate Studies; Pacific Fund Grants administered by each academic unit, and Sustainability Project Investment Fund grants administered by the Sustainability Committee. Additionally, students are eligible to compete for Undergraduate Research Fellowships that support research projects conducted during the summer.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The University supports research on topics and issues relevant to society. Sustainability is among these topics. Internal grant mechanisms to support faculty/student research include: Scholastic/Artistic Activities Grants and Eberhardt Research Fellowships administered by the Faculty Research Committee; SEED grants administered by the Office of Research and graduate Studies; Pacific Fund Grants administered by each academic unit, and Sustainability Project Investment Fund grants administered by the Sustainability Committee.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

All research is given favorable consideration in promotion and tenure decisions. Given the relatively small size of Pacific, many of the scholarly and artistic activities recognized in P&T decisions is in fact multi-disciplinary and take advantage of resources and expertise across the university. One of the many advantages of the small environment and the faculty collegiality is the ease with which these multidisciplinary partnerships can form.

Policies in the Faculty Handbook:
7.5.4.a Evaluation Criteria Defined


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The library creates specialized research guides and material selection support for sustainability related topics. The Library also offers a subscription to Green File, which “offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 records.”


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Library information provided by Michele Gibney, Head of Publishing and Scholarship Support. https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/greenfile

http://libguides.lib.pacific.edu/

Student Research information provided by Dir. Undergraduate Research.

The webpage linked at the end of this entry (Sustainability Project Investment Fund) is no longer publicly available, but available internally to students, faculty & staff.

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