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-[Almost] 100 Strategic Initiative

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!

Provost Kate Davy presented our first talk on November 18, 2019. Provost Davy reflected on her career as a faculty member and administrator. She discussed the importance of being an agent of change and the strategic process of building good teams that facilitate an administrator's work. Her many creative initiatives and positive influence on academic affairs made a lasting and productive impact on our campus, student and faculty.  Most importantly, Provost Davy commented at great length on her love for UM-Dearborn and what a special place it is both for faculty and students.

There will be more "Leadership in Academia" talks during Fall 2020 -- watch for email announcements.

CASL Integrated Bands: Focus on Food and Middle East Studies

Food Bands

The Food Bands program, certificate and courses in development emerged from the Integrated Bands Program as a mechanism to demonstrate how the extensive and diverse talents of the faculty can cooperatively address complex problems.  Recognizing that simple solutions and noncollaborative efforts will not solve pressing human issues, a core faculty team was charged with creating a pilot program - a program that engages students and the campus community to learn and explore how to cross real and virtual borders in probe and unravel knotty global problems. 

Launching in Fall '20 is a new certificate program, Food Studies.  This certificate allows students to engage within and between multiple disciplines to begin the process of uncovering how these diverse threads are entangled. Food is an ideal theme for such an exploration, as it allows connections between political economy and the global nature of food production.

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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