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Provost to Host Interdisciplinarity Conversation April 7 in San Francisco

Office of the ProvostApr 4, 2016

The Academic Plan calls for us to cross boundaries for academic success. The COACHE Faculty Climate Survey results and unit conversations indicate that we have room for improvement in creating an environment that fosters interdisciplinary work and collaboration.

On April 7 in San Francisco, the Provost will host the third conversation in her series on fostering interdisciplinarity in teaching and scholarship. The first two were held on the Stockton and Sacramento campuses in February and March. The goals of these conversations are to understand the barriers to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship and to begin to prioritize solutions leading to an environment that crosses boundaries. The Provost invites you to come and share your ideas, challenges and opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.  

Following this conversation, a summary of the comments and questions received will be compiled and reported out. The Provost also plans to meet with a small working group of faculty who will, among other things, work on the definitions of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work at Pacific, consider best practices at other institutions and begin to identify solutions to cross boundaries at Pacific.   

If you are interested in joining or learning more about this working group, or have suggestions on how to improve this conversation and engage other interested faculty members, please contact Berit Gundersen, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, ( for more information.

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