ERIC Number: ED316134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Coherence in a University-Wide Humanities Program through a Comprehensive Faculty Development Project.
Moseley, Merritt; Obergfell, Sandra
The goal of this year-long project was to foster coherence throughout the humanities program, an interdisciplinary, team-taught sequence of four required undergraduate courses. The humanities program has no faculty of its own, but draws instructors from existing departments throughout the university. Growth of the program has brought diversification of participating faculty. The project sought to increase program coherence by increasing faculty understanding of the program as a whole and the individual courses in it, by increasing unity and community among the staff, and by preparing staff better for their teaching assignments through (1) a year-long faculty development seminar in the humanities and (2) semester-long faculty internships in humanities courses the faculty members had not previously taught. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowed faculty reassignment to the internship and seminar, permitted payments to seminar leaders, and purchased reading material for the seminar. A total of 37 faculty members from 17 departments participated in the faculty development seminar, and 20 faculty from 12 departments interned in 1 of the 4 humanities courses. There was some overlap between these groups. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.