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Wehlburg, Catherine M.; Robbins, Sarah Ruffing; Daugherty, Rachel Chapman; Hughes, Ashley Taylor – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
GlobalEx is a co-curricular program designed to enhance cross-cultural engagement at the undergraduate level at Texas Christian University. This student-designed and student-led project arose from recognition of a need to integrate the experiences of international students and domestic students, and it uses a three-step model (EXplore, EXchange,…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Undergraduate Study, Foreign Students, Undergraduate Students
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Dolan, Erin L.; Elliott, Samantha L.; Henderson, Charles; Curran-Everett, Douglas; St. John, Kristen; Ortiz, Phillip A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Discipline-based education research (DBER) is an emergent, interdisciplinary field of scholarship aimed at understanding and improving discipline-specific teaching and learning. The number of DBER faculty members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments has grown rapidly in recent years. Because the interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Tenure, Educational Research, Promotion (Occupational), Interdisciplinary Approach
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Thompson, Carol; Kleine, Michael – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Two professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock co-taught an interdisciplinary course in speaking and writing dialogically, that is, without lecture. Given that many learning environments include large enrollments and online instruction, both of which often foster an impersonal atmosphere, it seemed that dialogic instruction might…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Writing Instruction
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Smith-Sebasto, Nicholas J.; Shebitz, Daniela J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
We explain the process used at Kean University (New Jersey) to create an innovative undergraduate degree program in sustainability science. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the strong science background necessary to understand and address the opportunities associated with sustainability. We articulate seven steps taken during…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Innovation, Sustainability
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Staats, Susan; Sintjago, Alfonso; Fitzpatrick, Renata – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Learning communities can strengthen early undergraduates' learning, but planning them can be daunting for instructors. Learning communities usually rely on integrative assignments that encourage interdisciplinary analysis. This article reports on our experiences using microloans as an interdisciplinary assignment in a learning community that…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries, Assignments, World Literature
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Hunter, Lisa R.; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) draws from student feedback to gauge the level of academic challenge at particular institutions (Kuh 2009). Inspired by attempts to understand the implications of NSSE data on other campuses (Payne et al. 2005), a cross-disciplinary research group at our institution developed a multidimensional…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models
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Vanasupa, Linda; McCormick, Kathryn E.; Stefanco, Carolyn J.; Herter, Roberta J.; McDonald, Margot – Innovative Higher Education, 2012
In this article we describe the challenges of transdisciplinary teamwork involving four faculty members from dissimilar epistemological traditions in the process of developing a manuscript on the lessons learned in our teaching collaboration. Our difficulty originated in implicit mental models and assumptions that caused incongruence between our…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teacher Collaboration, Writing for Publication, Program Descriptions
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Stone, Tammy; Bollard, Kathleen; Harbor, Jonathan M. – Innovative Higher Education, 2009
Increasingly administrators are concerned with inspiring and supporting faculty members in the creation of interdisciplinary programs in response to research and funding shifts and public need. This article presents an initiative undertaken at the University of Colorado Denver, demonstrating a method for identifying and launching a set of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Environment, College Faculty, Program Descriptions
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Galles, Michaela; Olson, Paul J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2008
In this article we briefly address the rationale for linking courses and the types of student learning communities that exist in various institutions of higher education. We then describe a new method we used to link our theology (Protestant Churches in America) and sociology (Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Inequality) courses in which no students…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Sociology, Higher Education, Courses
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van Dam-Mieras, Rietje; Lansu, Angelique; Rieckmann, Marco; Michelsen, Gerd – Innovative Higher Education, 2008
The purpose of this article is to describe a joint effort between three European and six Latin American universities to create an international Master's degree program on Sustainable Development and Management. Faculty members from these institutions are working together on this unusual and innovative project, which recognizes the importance of…
Descriptors: Universities, Masters Programs, Sustainable Development, Faculty
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Lindman, Janet Moore; Tahamont, Maria – Innovative Higher Education, 2005
Faculty/staff workshops provide a way of enhancing teaching and learning strategies and pedagogical techniques. We include faculty/staff development workshops designed to create team that taught interdisciplinary courses which address issues of diversity and democracy for first year students. Strategic planning of the workshop and responsiveness…
Descriptors: Workshops, Educational Change, Collegiality, Strategic Planning
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Buchbinder, Sharon B.; Alt, Patricia M.; Eskow, Karen; Forbes, William; Hester, Eva; Struck, Miriam; Taylor, Dianne – Innovative Higher Education, 2005
With increasing specialization, most academic disciplines have become highly compartmentalized. Numerous organizations in higher education strongly encourage interdisciplinary collaboration at the faculty and student level. The purposes of this article are (a) to provide a conceptual framework for explaining how and why an interdisciplinary case…
Descriptors: Workshops, Case Studies, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Gillespie, Diane; Dolsak, Nives; Kochis, Bruce; Krabill, Ron; Lerum, Kari; Peterson, Anne; Thomas, Elizabeth – Innovative Higher Education, 2005
This article describes and assesses "Research Circles" as a mechanism for enhancing faculty collegiality and research. Recently established on our campus, these circles, composed of three to four faculty members, have had a particularly powerful effect on the new faculty members' adjustment to their tenure track positions, especially since they…
Descriptors: Collegiality, Focus Groups, College Faculty, Beginning Teachers
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Stevenson, Catherine B.; Duran, Robert L.; Barrett, Karen A.; Colarulli, Guy C. – Innovative Higher Education, 2005
Colleges and universities are adopting learning communities to increase student learning and build cohesion. As learning communities grow in popularity, institutions need to invest in faculty development (Oates, 2001) and understand faculty experiences (Mullen, 2001). The University of Hartford created a program that prepared faculty for…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Team Teaching, Focus Groups, College Faculty
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Daniels, Craig E. – Innovative Higher Education, 1984
An innovative curriculum, Twentieth Century Man, takes one traditional course from each of three academic departments and modifies the content presentation so that overlapping themes are emphasized, developed in parallel, and synthesized across disciplines in a team-taught seminar. This cost-effective approach integrates concepts while retaining…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, College Curriculum, Course Organization, Curriculum Design
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