2D: Enhance the visibility of interdisciplinary learning on campus and evaluate its effectiveness

Under the supervision of the VPAA, Trinity will develop and publish consistent guidelines for incorporating interdisciplinary team-teaching in faculty members’ workload. An explicit policy will enable more students to benefit from unique course offerings that leverage the interests and expertise of our renowned faculty. In addition, Trinity will facilitate other opportunities for faculty members to engage in interdisciplinary work, such as joint appointments, auditing colleagues’ courses, or exchanging places with a colleague in another department for a short period of time. Trinity will continue to adopt new strategies to best support interdisciplinary research.

Interdisciplinary courses that emphasize substantive “productive collisions” should be clearly marked in the course catalogue and appropriate student learning outcomes named on the syllabus. By amending the current course evaluation process to include specific questions and feedback on interdisciplinary teaching and learning, we will be able to continually monitor our success. As interdisciplinarity becomes an even more visible element of our campus culture, faculty will be rewarded for their efforts in the context of the promotion and tenure process and the annual performance review process.