|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses
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Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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):
Training workshops for faculty on meaningfully incorporating concepts of environmental, social, and economic sustainability into their courses have been held three times -- in January 2016, January 2018, and January 2020. These two-day workshops, named the Brandywine Project Faculty Sustainability Workshops, have trained 73 faculty members and resulted in large increases in the numbers of courses listed in our inventory of sustainability-focused and sustainability-inclusive courses.
A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:
All such workshops are considered professional development for teaching and thus positively contribute to tenure and promotion decisions. The two-day intensive Brandywine Project Faculty Sustainability Workshops (modeled on AASHE's Piedmont Project: http://www.aashe.org/events/workshops/2016/Sustainability-Across-the-Curriculum-Jan-2016) provide an additional incentive of a $500 stipend to faculty participants who successfully complete the workshop and follow up with submission of a syllabus for a new or revised course that reflects their learning.
Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Description provided by Professor Cheryl Wanko (English) and Aliza Richman (Sociology), co-chairs of the 2020 Brandywine Project Faculty Sustainability Workshop.