2011-12 Innovations in Graduate Education

The following proposals, selected through a competitive process in spring 2011, began in the 2011-12 academic year.

TRACK 1: Enriching Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Education

Proposals in this track will expand opportunities for graduate education and research that cut across traditional disciplinary, unit or other institutional boundaries.  We selected proposals that have the potential to create novel or niche programs that could give the UO a competitive advantage in attracting an outstanding student body and fostering cutting edge research.

Proposal 1: Arts and Healthcare Management

Principal Faculty:  Patricia Dewey, Arts and Administration

Existing data demonstrate the significant and growing demand for professionals in policy and program leadership in the field of arts and healthcare.  The Arts and Administration Program (School of Architecture and Allied Arts) will establish a graduate concentration area of study in Arts and Healthcare Management by 2013.  It is anticipated that this academic field will continue to evolve into an interdisciplinary Certificate program by 2016.

Proposal 2: Graduate Certificate Program in New Media and Culture

Principal Faculty:  Doug Blandy, AAA and Arts and Administration; Andrew Bonamici, UO Libraries; Allison Carruth, English; Karen Estlund, UO Libraries; John Fenn, Arts and Administration; Lisa Gilman, Folklore/English; Kate Mondloch, Art History; Carol Stabile, SOJC/English

Funding will support the creation of a certificate program in new media and culture.  The worlds in which scholars now live and work are undergoing rapid and dramatic changes with new media and digital tools.  All these changes affect and alter how research is done, how it is published, and how the products of scholarly research are thought about.  This funding will be used to support creation of an interdisciplinary certificate program that is intended to serve graduate students across the institution.

Proposal 3: Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Environmental Sciences

Principal Faculty:  Brendan Bohannan, Environmental Studies/Biology; Douglas Kennett, Anthropology

There has been a growing momentum to bring the environmental sciences together under the umbrella of a new research institute, tentatively called the Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI).  ESI has at its core plans for an interdisciplinary graduate training program.  This funding will promote structured opportunities for students to transcend disciplinary boundaries and to create novel perspectives on the environment.  Two such opportunities will be implemented:  a novel graduate course in environmental tools and approaches, and an “exchange program” that will allow graduate students to obtain hands-on experience in environmental research across multiple disciplines.

Proposal 4: Ethnic Studies Graduate Program

Principal Faculty:  Michael Hames-Garcia, Ethnic Studies

Funding will support the assessment of the viability of a graduate program in Ethnic Studies and the forms such a program might take.  Because Ethnic Studies is a fundamentally interdisciplinary enterprise, and the faculty have significant interdisciplinary training, an ethnic Studies graduate program would both strengthen and add unique dimensions to existing graduate offerings.

TRACK 2: Recruitment and Retention of a More Diverse Student Body and Program

The Graduate School has partnered with the Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) to work with two departments to 1) develop effective recruitment and retention strategies to attract and retain a more diverse graduate student body, broadly defined, and 2) create more inclusive environments for all graduate students. The selected programs will receive assistance in multicultural organizational development including: climate assessment, review of website messaging, assessments of current recruitment and retention practices, and developing a vision and action plan.

Proposal 1: Couples and Family Therapy Program: Enhancing and Growing a Diverse Student Body

Principal Faculty:  Deanna Linville, Couples and Family Therapy

Diversity and social justice are core values of the CFT program.  Funds will be used to support the program’s ability to recruit  a diverse student body and to ensure all students have a positive and productive experience once here.  Assistance will also be provided to assess program climate and strengthen alignment between program goals and learning objectives/competencies with student experiences.

Proposal 2: Assessment of the UO Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) and its Efficacy in Enhancing Diversity in STEM Fields

Principal Faculty:  Peter O’Day, Neuroscience

Summary:  Funds will be used to evaluate the outcomes and experiences of students participating in SPUR, with emphasis placed on the program’s impact on alumni career goals.

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