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Social Sciences Academic Forum

Each year CU-Boulder’s program review process begins with a gathering of the community. The annual Academic Forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to engage in a collaborative conversation about the units undergoing review. This year's process focuses on a cross section of units involved in the study of the social sciences.

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When Oct 10, 2012
from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where IBS Meeting Room
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Contact Phone 303 492-4603
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2012 ACADEMIC FORUM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012:  1:30 – 5:00 pm
Institute of Behavioral Science, Room 155

A CAMPUS-WIDE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Each year CU-Boulder’s program review process begins with a gathering of the community.  The annual Academic Forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to engage in a collaborative conversation about the units undergoing  review. This year's process focuses on a cross section of units involved in the study of the social sciences, including:

Anthropology
Institute of Behavioral Science
Communication
Economics
Ethnic Studies
International Affairs Program
Linguistics
Political Science
Sociology
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Women and Gender Studies
 
Please join us to talk about the significant ways that these units are shaping CU-Boulder's present and future.
 

PROGRAM
1:30                 Opening the Conversation
                                    Welcome: Jeff Cox, AVC for Faculty Affairs
                                    The Campus Vision: Provost Moore and Dean Leigh

2:00                 Panel One: Campus and Broader Roles of the Social Sciences
                        Moderator: Keith Maskus, A&S                     
 

Panel members:
                                    Patricia Rankin, AVC for Research
                                    Joyce Nielsen, Sociology
                                    Nick Flores, Economics
                                    Tim Kuhn, INVST
                                    Bryan Taylor, Communication
                                    Robert McNown, International Affairs
                                    Christie Yoshinaga-Itano, SLHS

Discussion topics:

How are the social sciences perceived as contributors to the campus missions in teaching, research, creative work and outreach? 
What are the actual contributions made, especially in teaching, compared to other divisions of the college and university?
What problems do units face regarding resources and campus/college investments?
What do social sciences provide students and the community that cannot be provided by other units on campus?
What important and unique roles are played by the social sciences in analyzing and addressing local, state and global problems? What are we doing currently to advance Flagship 2030 goals?

3:25                 Break

3:35                 Panel Two: Toward a Future Vision for the Social Sciences
                        Moderator: Bill Kaempfer, Vice Provost
                        Panel members:
                                    David Brown, Political Science
                                    Bert Covert, Anthropology
                                    Rob Buffington, WGST
                                    Jane Menken, IBS
                                    Andy Cowell, Linguistics
                                    Daryl Maeda, Ethnic Studies
                                    Donna Goldstein, CARTSS

Discussion topics:

How well positioned are the social sciences to meet university Flagship 2030 goals going forward?  What needs to be changed to improve that positioning?
How can we take advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities in teaching and research and creative work?
Articulating a framework for potential outstanding hiring/research/teaching initiatives:
A cross-social sciences data research and analytical methods project linked to graduate training.
Building on existing strengths and relations with other colleges and campuses in the critical area of global health and society.
Are such initiatives better organized in a school or cluster arrangement?
What are the anticipated costs and benefits of making such investments?

5:00     Closing Reception


 

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