To achieve our broad goals, we work with faculty, students, and staff to stimulate interdisciplinary and cross campus collaboration, foster innovation and interest in interdisciplinary and cross campus work, improve consortium building, increase engagement in interdisciplinary fields, and facilitate academic discourse and pedagogical developments in interdisciplinary education. The Office also serves as a focal point for workshops, mentoring, professional development, forums, and training to build individual and team capacity for interdisciplinary and cross campus education, research, and service programs.
The traditional academic paradigm based on the work of independent scholars has been shifting, most visibly in the natural sciences but increasingly in the social sciences, arts, and humanities, to greater interaction and collaboration among scholars within and across disciplines. The Vice Provost and Program Communications Manager play a leadership role in supporting interdisciplinary and cross campus collaborations. This includes conducting assessments of the campus environment to identify significant obstacles, convening working groups to design and recommend solutions, and determining how to best facilitate cross disciplinary and team teaching in non-departmentally based centers, institutes, and programs.
Some of our current initiatives include:
- Environment & Sustainability Task Force
Global Health Initiative
For further information, please see our 2015-16 Annual Report.