Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.76
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Greta Gaard
Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows
English
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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?:
Yes

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 UW-River Falls Sustainability Faculty Fellows Committee meets regularly to advance sustainability principles in the classroom. Since the program began in 2011, more than fifty Sustainability Faculty Fellows have participated in the annual sustainability across the curriculum project, known as "The Kinnickinnic Project".

The Kinnickinnic Project is unique, in that it cultivates and supports a cross campus initiative and model, which encourages faculty members to modify or redesign existing curriculum so that students are prepared to understand and meet 21st century sustainability issues within all aspects of their lives. All tenure-line faculty are invited to apply and a limited number of spaces are reserved for academic staff as well.

As a result, our university curriculum has been transformed to include courses that integrate sustainability, courses that have been substantially altered to include critical course objectives addressing sustainability, and new courses developed to place sustainability issues at the forefront of the discipline. Since the inception of the 1st Annual Kinnickinnic Project, faculty members across four colleges have either integrated sustainability or have substantively re-designed courses and in some cases have created new courses toward this aim.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty who participate receive support in an ongoing series of workshops designed to help sculpt curriculum around sustainability principles.

Faculty receive recognition for their work with a poster (developed and submitted by the participants themselves) at the Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Day.

Participants of the Kinnickinnic Project are given financial incentives based on three levels of commitment:
1. Create a new course, in a two-phase process.
Phase 1: $750. Phase 2: $1750.00
2. Substantially revise an existing course, in a two-phase process.
Phase 1: $750. Phase 2: $750.
3. Integrate a course module into an existing course, $750.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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