Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UM-Dearborn classes are being held remotely through the end of the semester, Summer I and Summer II. Most campus operations are being conducted remotely and buildings are closed. Before coming to campus please call ahead to determine how services are being delivered. Events have been postponed or canceled, including Spring 2020 Commencement. For more updates please visit the Coronavirus information page

Keep up-to-date with the progress and see how you can be part of these new college initiatives and programs.

Foundations Program

Beginning in Fall term 2020, all incoming CASL students will be required to complete a Foundations (FNDS) course within their first year on campus.

Newly admitted CASL students, both FTIACs and Transfer students, will choose from a suite of options, including both 100- and 300-level courses. All FNDS courses will fulfill at least one Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) category. FNDS courses will support a cohort experience and faculty-student connections through small sizes (24 cap) and transparent teaching practices.

While each course will center on content related to the instructor’s field, they will also supply practical academic skills and knowledge of campus supports and other High Impact Practices available later in students’ college careers.

FNDS courses can be taught collaboratively by scheduling two or more cooperating faculty’s sections at the same time, allowing joint meetings for shared presentations, field trips, and guest speakers. In this way students can see how different disciplines approach the same topic, and can begin to understand the University’s dual role of disseminating knowledge and, importantly, contributing to knowledge.

All FNDS courses provide students opportunities to learn and develop practical academic skills, explore campus resources and programs, develop a sense of belonging on campus, make meaningful connections to faculty, and deepen their understanding of the norms, expectations, and purpose of University-level academic work.

Please contact the Foundations director if you are interested in developing a seminar.

Digital Education: CASL Digital Education Collaborative (C-DEC) and Get-to-20 Strategic Initiative

CASL Digital Education Collaborative (C-DEC)

Would students in your program or discipline benefit from repetition and practice of core concepts? Would they master concepts more easily, if given additional opportunities to apply or generalize their knowledge? Would they perform at higher levels, if given easy access to prerequisite course materials? If so, then consider C-DEC, a CASL initiative aimed at student success.

Get-to-20 Strategic Initiative

As the college progresses towards meeting the goal of offering 1-in-5 CASL courses via an online format, we will focus on improving student access to online and hybrid courses in their particular programs of study.  To facilitate this goal, the college needs to prioritize introductory/gateway courses to majors, courses that enable a major to be offered fully online, and courses that support targeted certificates. Furthermore, it is crucial that online and hybrid offerings be part of our long-term scheduling plans so that students can rely on these courses in planning their progress toward degree completion.

Leadership in Academia Talk Series

A new initiative coming out of the "Task Force on CASL Faculty Service" White Paper

The Leadership in Academia Talk Series is meant to provide insight into the careers of successful university administrators by giving you a chance to learn about their choices, responsibilities, and trajectories that have helped shaped them.  If you ever wondered whether being a program director, a department chair, or a dean or provost is for you, come listen to our savvy and accomplished speakers! Our first talk will be November 18, followed by two or three more during Winter 2020 -- watch for email announcements.

CASL Integrated Bands: Focus on Food and Middle East Studies

Focus on Food

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters has launched an Integrated Bands program, bringing together faculty whose research and/or teaching interests focuses on food.

A new course, "Critical Food Studies," will be offered in Winter 2020, and work is being done on a certificate program slated to launch Fall 2020. Throughout this academic year, special events and talks will be held examining how food connects to the human experience. 

Middle East Studies

This Integrated Band looks to create two paths to bring CASL students in more direct contact with influential scholars in Middle East Studies, broadly defined to include transnational aspects like migration and cultural hybridization.

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