Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.40
Liaison Daniela Beall
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Vallari Chandna
Associate Professor
CSOB
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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 certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business consists of a supporting course structure (at the 100 and 200 level) that is complementary to the campus’ existing general education requirements, consistent with current credit load requirements and, thereby, will not delay student graduation. Well advised students will be able to meet the supporting course requirements of the certificate by satisfying the existing campus general education program.

The main component of the certificate program is comprised of 16 credits at the upper level (300 and 400 numbered),
courses including an intensive business internship or co-op experience. It is the internship/co-op experience that ensures our EMBI certificate is not just “one more
certificate” that carries little meaning to employers.

The certificate is available for students in all academic programs.

Past internships and co-ops have required participants to conduct independent research both in the lab as well as with literature reviews on sustainability focused topics.

Additionally, students in the Collaborative Masters' Program in Sustainable Management, also conduct research in sustainability as part of their capstone thesis. The Master’s in Sustainable Management Online Program is a 34-credit degree and a collaborative effort of five University of Wisconsin System campuses: UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior. Current, cutting-edge curriculum has been developed by faculty from each of these five campuses with input from within the industry to make sure learning objectives are current and valuable to future employers.

Designed for working adults with real-world experience, this online master’s degree program offers flexibility to help students balance family, job, and other commitments.

More information and application information can be found on the website below.
http://sustain.wisconsin.edu


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:

Faculty conducting scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) relating to scholarship can apply for the newly created Sustainability Teaching Development Grant program is designed to support professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching, including classes, labs, field work, and/or undergraduate independent research/study.

Examples of the types of activities funded by this grant program include:
- Developing materials or testing methods that integrate sustainability concepts or practices into the curriculum.
- Developing learning activities and teaching strategies for service learning projects related to sustainability.
- Conducting workshops that explore effective ways of teaching sustainability.
- Participating in professional development activities, such as workshops, seminars, or intensive short-courses designed to improve teaching related to sustainability.
- Testing or developing innovative classroom assessment techniques that integrate sustainability themes.
- Conducting scholarly investigation related to the teaching of sustainability.
- Conducting scholarly research that clearly enriches the teaching of sustainability in a specific way.

Four Sustainability Teaching Development Grants were awarded in Spring 2020.


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:

In granting tenure at the UWGB, assessment shall be made of professional perfromance, contributions, and future potential of the individual. Such evaluations and judgments should be made in the context of the mission of the University with its emphases on problem oriented learning and research, innovation in the curriculum, excellence in teaching, and a liberal arts program as the foundation of its undergraduate programs. Tenure implies responsibilities and obligations of leadership for maintaining academic excellence in the University and of professional participation in activities outside the University.

Included in the review criteria is: "2. Evidence of involvement with other academic programs and interdisciplinary teaching."

"Scholarly Activity and Creative Accomplishment," and "University and Community Service," and "Programmatic and Other Institutional Considerations" are the other main area of review.

Research falls under Scholary Activity and because of the University's interdisciplinary structure itself, this is 'baked-in' to the systems.

For example, NAS is the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The department houses an interdisciplinary major and minor program of study in Environmental Science; disciplinary majors and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Mathematics; a discliplinary minor in Physics; and a pre-professional program of study in Engineering.

NAS currently has 30 faculty: four full professors, sixteen associate professors, four assistant professors, five lecturers, and one adjunct assistant professor. NAS also has 12 staff members, including academic and classified staff as well as research associates.

NAS faculty teach and engage in scholarship in both their disciplinary programs and the interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science. Many of the faculty make major contributions to the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program as well.


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 award winning Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay provides a full array of services for faculty, staff and students. With the strong environmental programs at the university, the library actively selects and maintains collections in these areas.

In particular, we have this research collection from JSTOR on sustainability: https://www.jstor.org/sustainability/?utm_term=searching%20within%20Sustainability&utm_campaign=eml_j_open_research_reports_participants_02_2020&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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