The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society is actively engaged in promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research both at Boston College and beyond. This page contains two of our latest reports.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Schiller team engaged in a series of faculty convenings, which gathered input from over 170 Boston College faculty from 30+ departments across campus. These sessions provided rich insight to the Institute in the intervening months.
Creating the Future of the Schiller Institute: Insights from BC Faculty Report summarizes the characteristics, key insights and areas of interest of faculty who contributed to the convenings.
Report summaries can be found in two additional documents: Faculty Interest in Schiller Areas of Focus at a Glance, which summarizes scholarly and pedagogical interests as determined from the faculty interest surveys participants filled out during the convening sessions, and Key Faculty Insights at a Glance, which summarizes insights from convening discussions.
Leading Interdisciplinary Buildings
The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, in collaboration with the Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning, sponsored the first biannual Interdisciplinary Research Buildings Workshop, held on June 3, 2021. This workshop included participants from 11 colleges and universities, including Boston College, Amherst College, Boston University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of California Irvine, University of California Riverside, University of Delaware, and Yale University.
Drawing from the insights of leaders of interdisciplinary research buildings, Leading Interdisciplinary Research Buildings: Emerging Best Practices compiles 12 emerging best practices for interdisciplinary research buildings in four domains: 1) designing for success, 2) fostering a collaborative culture, 3) managing buildings thoughtfully, and 4) clarifying expectations.