Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Grace Coggio
Sustainability Faculty Fellow
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

The UW-River Falls Sustainability Faculty Fellows Committee meets regularly to advance sustainability principles related to academics. Since the program began in 2011, more than sixty Sustainability Faculty Fellows have participated in the sustainability across the curriculum project, formerly referred to as the "The Kinnickinnic Project" and now referred to as the "Infusing Sustainability Across the Curriculum" workshop.

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 faculty and Instructional Academic Staff are invited to participate.

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 academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

Participants receive a stipend for participating in the training and revising or creating a new course. The stipend amount varies depending on annual budgets and number of participants, but averages $500 per participant. Changes are vetted through the Sustainability Faculty Fellows Steering Committee to ensure sustainability is adequately represented. Additionally, some courses then qualify for inclusion in the Sustainable Justice Minor.

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