Title

Local strategies: Creating and nurturing collaborative communities of practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning

Abstract

In 2006 the faculty at Champlain College were charged by a new president to design and implement, within a year, a new interdisciplinary general education curriculum for all traditional undergraduates. One of the primary challenges for the founding dean was providing professional development for existing and new general education faculty as they adopted interdisciplinarity and building a community committed not just to surviving the change but to thriving. The Culinary Institute of America was founded in 1946, but it wasn't until 2005 that a Department of Liberal Arts was first organized. At first this was a small and eclectic group of faculty but over time became a vibrant community of traditional liberal arts faculty who developed the curriculum. By 2015 they established a major in Food Studies, and in 2016 the CIA named a new School of Liberal Arts and Food Studies. Eleven years ago, Worcester Polytechnic Institute embarked on an experiment with team-taught, interdisciplinary, project-based classes for first year students. The original group of four faculty has grown to a thriving group of committed educators whose work has resulted in significant recognition and, most recently, a book contract to share their expertise about this innovative educational format.

Volume

49

Issue

4

First Page Number

20

Last Page Number

25

DOI

10.1080/00091383.2017.1357092

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