Integrating Themes Academic Courses - Academic Year 2015–16 Selection and New Call for Proposals

September 19, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, one of the initiatives announced by President Barchi as part of the implementation of the University Strategic Plan was the creation of universitywide general education courses in the areas of our integrating themes:

  • Cultures, Diversity, and Inequality- Local and Global
  • Improving the Health and Wellness of Individuals and Populations
  • Creating a Sustainable World through Innovation, Engineering, and Technology
  • Educating Involved Citizens and Effective Leaders for a Dynamic World
  • Creative Expression and the Human Experience

We received many interesting and worthwhile proposals, and I thank all the faculty who took time to submit. I am proud to announce the selection of the course proposal Health, Culture, and Society, within the area of Improving the Health and Wellness of Individuals and Populations. This proposal was submitted jointly by Professor Deborah Carr, SAS Department of Sociology and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR), and Professor Johanna Schoen, SAS Department of History and IHHCPAR. This course will introduce students to social sciences and humanities approaches in studying health and wellness, and will be initially offered during the Spring of 2016. Professors Carr and Schoen will be in touch with colleagues at all Rutgers locations within the coming months in order to ensure that this course truly is universitywide in its content and delivery.

I am also pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for a course or courses to be offered during the 2016–2017 academic year. If your proposal was not selected in the first round, we hope you will consider submitting again.

Proposed course content should be relevant and applicable to first- and second-year students. When possible, the courses should incorporate technology enabling faculty to collaborate with students and colleagues from all Rutgers locations. Proposals from groups of faculty across disciplines, departments, decanal units, and locations are strongly encouraged. Faculty who submit successful course proposals will be provided with support for release time for course development as well as with additional resources for course-related expenses.

Please use the template available at this link for proposal submission. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 30, 2015. Proposals will be vetted by a committee of faculty representative of the Rutgers community.

Thank you for your continued involvement in implementing the 100 Days Initiatives of the University’s Strategic Plan.

Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick