Good Read: At Valparaiso, the Holistic Department Opens Up New Possibilities for Faculty 

In recent decades, the strain of ever-increasing faculty workload has been the source of much angst among college and university professors. Faculty responsibilities have greatly expanded to include a wide range of tasks. “We started a list of all the things faculty are expected to do now that they were not expected to do thirty years ago,” says Rick Gillman, associate provost for faculty affairs and professor of mathematics at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. “I never thought I’d be involved in recruiting, marketing, fundraising, or be expected to have international partners.” Teaching online courses has also created vast demand for new skill sets, in addition to the traditional areas of scholarship, teaching, and service in which faculty are expected to excel. At Valparaiso, faculty are addressing these challenges and opening up new possibilities for student learning by implementing a new model: the holistic department.

Reforming the Department Model

Read the rest at the Association of American Colleges & Universities


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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One Response to Good Read: At Valparaiso, the Holistic Department Opens Up New Possibilities for Faculty 

  1. The Holistic Department sounds like a way to address faculty workload issues. That’s got to be part of the reason we haven’t had good turn out for IC-bG events. Maybe we should see what kind of response we get with discussing this in some way.



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