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Posted by Michael Buck at 9:39PM   |  Add a comment

As we head back to campus and prepare for the return of students and the beginning of the semester, I wanted to alert everyone to some opportunities for faculty development.

As you may know, each year H&S kicks off the academic year with a faculty forum organized around a topic reflecting our current concerns and interests. This year's faculty forum, held on Tuesday August 17, will focus on interdisciplinarity: what it means for H&S, how it figures into our curricular discussions, what its relation is to integrative learning and teaching.
Assisting us this year is Robert Frodeman, Professor of Philosophy and former Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Texas (UNT). Professor Frodeman specializes in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science policy, and the theory of interdisciplinarity. He is also the founding director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at UNT ( <>), and editor of the just-published /Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity/.
Clearly, this topic lends itself to a discussion beyond school boundaries, so this forum is open to faculty from outside of the school who are interested in, or are already pursuing, interdisciplinary studies of one kind of another. The portion of the forum devoted to interdisciplinarity will begin at 10:30, with a brief keynote by Professor Frodeman followed by a structured discussion of its implications; we will end with lunch at 12:30.

In order to make appropriate arrangements, please RSVP to <> by Friday August 13.

2010 Fall Faculty Development Workshop: Saturday, August 28, 8:30-4:00 Student Centered Integrative Learning: Creating Meaning...Building Bridges...Developing Interdisciplinary Networks with Dr. Tine Reimers Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty and Program Development at the University at Albany. A light breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:00 and lunch served from 12-1.    Registration

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jan Monroe, Faculty Development Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


See you on campus!

Michael Buck

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