Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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):

Brandywine Project Workshop, offers an opportunity to develop or modify courses to focus on issues of sustainability, surrounded by supportive and creative colleagues from our region. Named after the Brandywine Creek watershed, WCU's workshop innovates by comprehensively integrating the local and global with the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. Novel workshop sessions include: the global context for higher education and sustainability (including the UN Sustainable Development Goals); social justice and sustainability; integrating whole campus immersive learning into the classroom; and best practices for teaching sustainability from students and faculty. Whether or not you are familiar with sustainability, this workshop is the perfect place to begin learning or to deepen your understanding by further exploring your discipline, creating interdisciplinary connections, and becoming more informed about campus and regional sustainability actions & opportunities for teaching. Participants will leave the workshop ready to infuse sustainability knowledge and practices into their own courses and to inspire their students and colleagues to grow a culture of sustainability at their universities and beyond.

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. There were 28 faculty participants in the Spring 2022 Faculty workshop.

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data Provided by: Bradley Flamm (bflamm@wcupa.edu), Director, Office of Sustainability and from the following link: (https://www.wcupa.edu/oca/conferenceServices/brandywineWorkshop.aspx)
Data Entry: Lois Howell, 09-Dec-21, 1-Feb-22

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