Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Office of Student Research & Creative Activity at UW Oshkosh offers a special Westbrook Sustainability Research Grant worth $750 and available to undergraduate students conducting research related to sustainability.

This research grant is named in honor of Lynn Westbrook, a UW Oshkosh student whose life was cut short tragically in 1974.

The focus of the proposed research must fit within a broadly conceived definition of sustainability and its “three pillars” of Economy, Environment, and Equity. That is, proposals may address research that concerns ecological health, economic security, and social justice or the intersections of these three broad areas.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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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, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Polk Library's collection practices relies significantly on faculty selection of materials, and we have worked closely with both the Environmental Studies faculty and the campus sustainability people to add relevant materials. On top of that, from the funds that the library designates for general book purchases, we have added a significant number of titles that deal with sustainable building, sustainable communities, sustainability planning, etc. In addition to print books, we provide access to over 100,000 e-books via ebrary with several hundred titles dealing with sustainability in one way or another.

In regards to journal content, we provide access to a handful of good titles, including Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Environment, Development and Sustainability; International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability; Sustainability; Ecological Economics; Environmental Ethics; Ecos; Environmental Education Research; and many others.

We also provide access to several good databases, including Environment Complete, GreenFile, and Science Direct.

There has recently been several new subscriptions to online video streaming services (Kanopy, PBS Video Collection, Filmmakers Library, etc) that includes over over 20,000 films, and hundreds relating to sustainability. These films can be embedded into D2L for curriculum support and are heavily used by distance education programs on campus.


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