Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.94
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Washington and Lee University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.45 / 12.00 David Marsh
Professor of Biology
Biology
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
179

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
46

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
25.70

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
22

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
15

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
68.18

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Accounting, 10 faculty, 3 doing sustainability research
Elizabeth Oliver, corporate social responsibility
Megan Hess, ethical decision making, sustainability accounting
Colin Reid, corporate social responsibility

Anthropology/Sociology, 7 faculty, 1 doing sustainability research
Lynn Chin, intragroup cooperation and formation of social stereotypes

Art History: 4 faculty, 0 doing sustainability research

Biology: Faculty members 13, 4+ doing sustainability research
Bill Hamilton, grazing and plant communities in Yellowstone National Park
Paul Cabe, population genetics of crayfish
Robert Humston, freshwater fisheries management and conservation
Larry Hurd, dynamics of ecological communities in Virginia and the Amazon
David Marsh, salamander conservation biology
Maryanne Simurda, black lung disease in coal miners (outreach)

Business Administration, 14 faculty, 4 doing sustainability research
Amanda Bower. Corporate social responsibility.
Roger Dean. Work and family.
Sandy Reiter, Economic Justice.
Rob Straughan. Socially responsible business.

Chemistry and Biochemistry. 7 faculty, 1 doing sustainability research.
Erich Uffelman. Green chemistry

Classics. 4 faculty, 0 doing sustainability.

Computer Science. 4 faculty, 0 doing sustainability

East Asian Language and Literature. 3 faculty, 0 doing sustainability research.

Economics, 16 faculty, 10 doing sustainability research
Niels-Hugo Blunch. Health care markets in developing countries.
Jim Casey. Valuation of ecological services.
Martin Davies. Offshoring and developing economies.
Art Goldsmith. Economics and social justice.
Joseph Guse. American Indian economic development.
Chris Handy. Education and earnings, inequality.
Jim Kahn. Environmental economics.
Carl Kaiser. Economics of unemployment and worker absence.
Katherine Shester. Public housing and urban renewal.
Shikha Silwal. Developmental economics, costs of piracy.

English, 14 faculty, 2 doing sustainability research.
Deborah Miranda. Literature of marginalized groups?
Jim Warren. American environmental writing.

Geology. 5 faculty, 2 doing sustainability research.
Lisa Greer. Coral reef conservation.
Elizabeth Knapp. Water quality.

German and Russian. 4 faculty, 1 doing sustainability research.
Anna Brodsky, Conflict in Chechnya?

History. 13 faculty, 5 doing sustainability research.
David Bello. Environmental history of China.
Ted Delaney. Desegregation in Virginia.
Sarah Horowitz. Societal divisions in post-revolutionary France?
Molly Michelmore. Fiscal and taxation policy and effects on society.
T.J. Tallie. Gender, colonialism, African history?

Journalism. 9 faculty, 1 doing sustainability research.
Doug Cumming. Civil rights history in the U.S.

Mathematics. 11 faculty, 0 doing sustainability research.

Music, N/A, not research.

Philosophy. 6 faculty, 3 doing sustainability research.
Melina Bell. Hierarchies of social power and equality.
Greg Cooper. Environmental ethics.
Angela Smith. Moral responsibility and philosophy.

Physics and Engineering. 6 faculty, 0 doing sustainability research.

Politics. 9 faculty, 4 doing sustainability research.
Tyler Dickovick. International development.
Rebecca Harris. Food supply and politics.
Robin LeBlanc. Gender equality in politics.
Mark Rush. Voting behavior, districting and voter suppression.

Psychology. 7 faculty, 2 doing sustainability research.
Megan Fulcher. Children’s emotional development, work and family.
Julie Woodzicka. Prejudice and discrimination.

Romance Languages. 12 faculty, 3 doing sustainability research.
Monica Botta, human rights in latin America.
Ellen Mayock. Gender equality, human rights in Latin America.
Antonio Reyes. Language and social change.

Religion. 4 faculty, 0 doing sustainability research.

Theater. N/A, not research.

SUMMARY
22 departments considered, 15 include at least one person doing research related to sustainability (68%).
179 faculty considered, 46 of whom do research related to sustainability (26%)


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

For the STARS research and scholarship component, we were charged to determine the proportion of faculty conducting research related to sustainability and the proportion of departments that include at least some sustainability research. To determine this, one of us (David Marsh, Department of Biology), went through all department faculty websites and read the research description provided by each faculty. These descriptions were compared to the definition provided in the STARS manual “Standards and Terms” section. We included full-time faculty, but not adjuncts, emeriti, or visiting faculty as these would not typically be considered research-related positions. We attempted to use a somewhat restrictive interpretation of sustainability-related research; most faculty would likely argue that their research broadly relates to human well-being as referenced in the Earth Charter. However, others repeating these calculations could easily come up with higher or lower numbers depending on their interpretations of these terms.


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