|Submission Date||Oct. 12, 2018|
University of Washington, Seattle
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):
The University of Washington has three programs that offer incentives for developing sustainability courses; a Cross Unit Teaching Incentive Fund, Educational Outreach, and Teaching Assistant support.
The College of the Environment Cross Unit Teaching Incentive Fund is aimed at developing courses and programs that are interdisciplinary and promote the expansion of offerings in the College of the Environment. The content of such courses is generally sustainability-focused.
UW Educational Outreach offers incentives to faculty to teach fee-based classes. In many cases within fee-based degrees, faculty teach the classes as part of load in exchange for additional FTE tenure-track faculty resources located in the College. UWEO also provides marketing, online instructional design, registration, financial and program administration services to the various schools and colleges. Sustainability and environment represent a top priority for UWEO program development.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offered faculty Teaching Assistant support to develop course materials for a revamped curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree; the new curriculum will be launched this year and integrates sustainability across the junior year.
A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:
CoEnv Cross Unit Teaching Fund: The fund provides up to $35,000 for each program funded, which can be used to pay a TA so that a course can be expanded, a part-time student services person to create a minor or certificate, or develop a short course or summer program.
UW Educational Outreach: Faculty and highly qualified adjuncts receive one month salary to develop online courses and a significant amount of excess compensation to teach fee-based classes.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: The department hired a team of six Teaching Assistants for a summer to work on developing course materials for a revamped curriculum.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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