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Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures
"Interdisciplinarity" has become a mantra for change in highereducation and is embodied in a rich variety of forms and practicesthat challenge how we think about knowledge, research, andeducation. Yet, despite widespread desire for change on campuses,proponents are often uncertain about how to go about planning,implementing, and sustaining interdisciplinary programs andprojects.
Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures offersadministrators, faculty, and planning groups a primer forinterdisciplinary change with a portfolio of practical, concretestrategies for actualizing this change. These proven techniques areanchored in a conceptual framework that unites insights fromorganizational theory, higher education studies, and the literatureon interdisciplinarity.
Creating campus cultures that enable rather than impedeinterdisciplinary work and thought requires a systematic approachto identifying current activities and interests, leveragingexisting resources, benchmarking best practices, building capacityand critical mass, targeting strategic initiatives alongsidegenerally loosening barriers, and creating a platform for higherlevels of strength and sustainability. Topics also include criteriaof program review, the interdisciplinary career lifecycle, andendowment building. These strategies are not meant asone-size-fits-all prescriptions for every campus or as universalformulas or sets of rules, but rather provide informed awareness ofnationwide developments and lessons of theory and practice thatwill improve local decision making and implementation.
Sponsored by the Association of American Colleges andUniversities, Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures is anessential resource aimed at developing and maintaininginstitutional support for interdisciplinary work and givingcampuses the tools needed to ensure that their work is successfuland sustainable.
The Author xi
Introduction: A Model for Interdisciplinary Change 1
1 Mapping National Drivers of Interdisciplinary Change 15
2 Bridging National and Local Maps 37
3 Platforming Interdisciplinarity 67
4 Fostering Programmatic Strength and Sustainability 99
5 Monitoring the Interdisciplinary Career Life Cycle 127
Conclusion: Countering Myths and Situating
Glossary for a Core Vocabulary 181