2019-2020 Complex Problems and Enduring Questions Call for Proposals

Due Friday, October 5, 2018

The University Core Renewal Committee invites proposals Complex Problems and Enduring Questions Courses to be taught in the 2019-2020 academic year. Contributing to the rigorous intellectual development and personal formation of our students in the tradition of a Jesuit, Catholic university, these interdisciplinary courses bring together faculty from different departments and/or schools and fulfill two different Core requirements (Arts, History, Literature, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theology, and Writing). 

  • Complex Problems  are team-taught, six-credit classes that address a contemporary problem. Each week they meet for three lectures, a lab taught by Teaching Assistants, and an evening Reflection session. Enrollments have ranged from 76 to 152.
  • Enduring Questions  courses are linked pairs of three-credit classes that meet separately. Each class meets on a normal weekly schedule plus four Reflection sessions each semester. Enrollments are set at 19.

Both Complex Problems and Enduring Questions courses integrate co-curricular programming—Reflection Sessions—that deepens academic study with opportunities for exploration and personal growth.

Faculty receive a stipend of $10,000 in exchange for preparing their syllabi and attending pedagogical workshops during the spring 2019 semester. For each faculty member, a Complex Problem class counts as two courses of his or her normal teaching load. Part-time faculty are not eligible to apply.

Faculty are invited to participate in the Core Renewal Wiki in order to find colleagues with whom to partner.

Application Process

  • Faculty may apply for either a Complex Problems or an Enduring Questions class. Typically, one applies as part of a previously arranged pair, but it is also possible to apply as an individual in hopes of finding a partner. In either case, each faculty member submits an application.
  • Application is via an on-line form (link below).
  • Complex Problems applications require:

(1) one joint course title and one-paragraph description;
(2) an explanation (500 word max.) of how the proposed course fulfills the characteristics of a Complex Problems course;
(3) the Core requirements your course fulfills;
(4) Department chair’s information;
(5) teaching preferences and constraints.

  • Enduring Questions applications require:

(1) an individual course title and one-paragraph description;
(2) a joint, one-paragraph course description;
(3) an explanation (500 word max.) of how the proposed course fulfills the characteristics of an Enduring Questions course;
(3) the Core requirements your course fulfills;
(4) Department chair’s information;
(5) teaching preferences and constraints.

  • Applicants will be informed of decisions by the University Core Renewal Committee in late October 2018. Successful applicants will meet in December 2018 and then again in spring 2019 for a series of pedagogical workshops. Colleagues receive their stipends after completion of their syllabi by May 2019. Because we are trying to learn what students are learning, faculty will be requested to include in their courses a culminating assignment that can demonstrate the skills and abilities students have acquired.

APPLICATION
 

If you have any questions, please contact the Core Office at: core@bc.edu.