Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.93 / 12.00 Lissa Schneider-Rebozo
Provost and Vice-Chancellor
Academic Affairs
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
51

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
236

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
11

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
30

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Gregg Hadley, Ph.D and Brenda Boetel, Ph.D: Economic Assessment of Grazing Systems

William Anderson, Ph.D and Juliet Tomkins, J.D.: USDA Challenge grant to assess feasibility of a sustainable agriculture major

David Trechter, Ph.D: Various survey projects for county, city, village, and town comprehensive land use plans, some of which include sustainability dimensions; survey of green energy demand by public institutions in western Wisconsin

Jackie Brux, Ph.D: Economic Development of Less Developed Countries, and Association for International Development (AID)

Pascal Ngoboka, Ph.D: Comparative Economic Systems, Uganda Study Tour

John Walker, Ph.D: Political Economy of Discrimination - research examining how earnings differences between self-employed women and men in St. Croix County fits into sustainability. Currently, he has two manuscripts listed below:
1. Earnings, Effort, and Work Flexibility of Self-Employed Women and Men: The Case of St. Croix County, Wisconsin (Revise and resubmit to Journal of Economic Research)
2. The Characteristics of Self-Employed Women and Men in St. Croix County, Wisconsin (under review Center for Economic Research - UWRF)

John Wheeler, Ph.D: Floodplain vegetation and soil erosion in the Santa Ana River Valley

Joseph Gathman, Ph.D: Peak oil and effect on natural ecosystems

Ogden Rogers, Ph.D: Social work implication of implementation of International Humanitarian Law

Gary Onan, Ph.D: Use of deep bedding system for finishing hog operations as an alternative to high-density confinement operations

John Heppen, Ph.D: Advising MA projects related to sustainability for four graduate students

Dean Olson, Ph.D:
1. Waste Fryer Oil Conversion to Biodiesel
2. Utilizing an oil press to produce vegetable oil from soybeans to produce biodiesel

Jarod Blades, Ph.D.: Conservation, Environmental Planning, and Ecological Restoration

Greta Gaard, Ph.D: Literature of Environmental Justice

Charles Rader, Ph.D: Development of GIS databases for sustainable development

Neil Kraus, Ph.D: Research Not Specified

Dennis Cosgrove, Ph.D: Research on pasture management and rotational grazing

Brian Smith, Ph.D: Fruit Breeding Research

Brenda Wright and Mary Wright: Studying our teaching and learning through the lens of sustainability

36 faculty members have gone through the sustainability across the curriculum project, now known as "The Kinnickinnic Project"

Cohort 1
Spring 2011
Dean Olson CAFESs
Joel Peterson CAS
Debra Allyn CEPS (retired)
Joy Benson CBE
Teri Crotty CEPS (retired)
Greta Gaard CAS
Molly Gerrish CEPS
Dawn Hukai CBE
Logan Kelly CBE
Florence Monsour CEPS
Robin Murray CAS
Dan Paulus CAS
Paul Shirilla CEPS
Gay Ward CEPS
Charles Rader CAS

Cohort 2
Spring 2012
Tracy O' Connell CAS
Lissa Schneider- Rebozo CAS
Jennifer Willis-Rivera CAS
Stacey Stoffregen CAS
Erik Johnson CAS
Arpan Jani CBE
Teresa Eberhard CAS
Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing CAFES
Jorge Bonilla CAS
Lisa Kroutil CAS
Michael Kahlow CAS

Cohort 3
Spring 2013
Lori Swanson CEPS
Hilary Pollack CEPS
Tim Holleran CEPS
Grace Coggio CAS
Holly Dolliver CAFES
Doug Margolis CAS
Veronica Justen CAFES
Juliet Tomkins CAFES
Chris Butler
Ruth Baker CAS

Cohort 4
Spring 2014
Jarod Blades CAFES
Pamela Dixon CBE
Joseph Gathman CAFES
Jill Coleman Wasik
Ann Mogush Mason CEPS (accepted job at U of MN 2015)
Steve Phalen
Richard Gauger
Juan Carlos Chaves CAS

Cohort 5
Spring 2015
Sam Herrington (CAS)
Sierra Howry CAFES
Erik Johnson (CAS)
Michael Miller (COEPS)
Sharyl Samargia (Comm Dis)
Danielle Smarsh CAFES
Anthony Varghese (CBE)


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The methodology is based on the URSCA definition of research, scholarly or creative activity (RSCA). The term RSCA is designed to be inclusive of all fields of study and their respective professional activities, therefore the program is open to students from all disciplines and fields. This means that the program is open to traditional scientific research as well authors, artists and performers engaged in scholarly or creative activities outside the normal classroom environment.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Over the past five (2011-2015) years, 51 Faculty members have participated in the Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop. These members have been included in the total number of faculty members engaged in sustainability research. Their sustainability research has resulted in significant course modules, course redesign, new courses, and student related service learning and undergraduate research activities.

It is also important to note that in 2013
, as part of the campus Strategic Planning process, three student-initiated, sustainability themed projects were conducted on the UWRF campus under an initiative called the Sustainability Incubator. Each had a faculty liaison who assisted with the project. One project focused on local soil carbon (Dr. Holly Dolliver/Jabez Meulemans), one on local food marketing (Dr. Dan Paulus/Pakou Mua), and one on green energy management for data centers (Dr. Arpan Jani /Benjamin Hosch). In addition to the research, each student then conducted a campus presentation to faculty, staff, and students.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

Additional responsible party: Greta Gaard

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