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Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures: A Model for Strength and Sustainability / Edition 1

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Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures: A Model for Strength and Sustainability / Edition 1

Praise for Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures

"Klein's analysis shows convincingly that from research in thesciences to new graduate-level programs and departments, to newdesigns for general education, interdisciplinarity is now prevalentthroughout American colleges and universities. . . . Kleindocuments trends, traces historical patterns and precedents, andprovides practical advice. Going directly to the heart of ourinstitutional realities, she focuses attention on some of the morechallenging aspects of bringing together ambitious goals forinterdisciplinary vitality with institutional, budgetary, andgovernance systems. A singular strength of this book, then, is thepractical advice it provides about such nitty-gritty issues asprogram review, faculty development, tenure and promotion, hiring,and the political economy of interdisciplinarity. . . . We knowthat readers everywhere will find [this book] simultaneously richlyilluminating and intensively useful."
—from the foreword by Carol Geary Schneider, president,Association of American Colleges and Universities

"Klein reveals how universities can move beyond glib rhetoricabout being interdisciplinary toward pervasive fullinterdisciplinarity. Institutions that heed her call forrestructured intellectual environments are most likely to thrive inthe new millennium."
—William H. Newell, professor, Interdisciplinary Studies,Miami University, and executive director, Association forIntegrative Studies

"In true interdisciplinary fashion, Julie Klein integrates atremendous amount of material into this book to tell the story ofinterdisciplinarity across the sciences, social sciences, andhumanities. And she does so both from the theoretical perspectiveof 'understanding' interdisciplinarity and from the practicalvantage of 'doing' interdisciplinarity. This book is a must-readfor faculty and administrators thinking about how to maximize theopportunities and minimize the challenges of interdisciplinaryprogramming on their campuses."
—Diana Rhoten, director, Knowledge Institutions Program, anddirector, Digital Media and Learning Project, Social ScienceResearch Counsel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470550892
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Julie Thompson Klein is a professor of humanities inEnglish and interdisciplinary studies at Wayne State University inDetroit, Michigan. She is past president of the Association forIntegrative Studies (AIS) and former editor of the AIS journal,Issues in Integrative Studies. Klein consults widely bothnationally and internationally and is the author and editor of manybooks, including Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, andPractice; Crossing Boundaries; and Humanities, Culture, andInterdisciplinarity. She is also associate editor of theforthcoming Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities(AAC&U), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leadingnational association concerned with the quality, vitality, andpublic standing of undergraduate liberal education. Founded in 1915by college presidents, AAC&U now represents the entire spectrumof American colleges and universities—large and small, publicand private, two-year and four-year. AAC&U comprises more than1,200 accredited colleges and universities that collectivelyeducate more than seven million students every year.

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Table of Contents

The Author xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xix

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

Practices 153

Resources 161

Glossary for a Core Vocabulary 181

References 183

Index 199

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