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.

Trinity launches Latinx major, architecture minor

Trinity has created a new major in global Latinx studies, and a minor in architectural studies.

The global Latinx studies major will build on the foundation of Trinity’s already thriving Mexico, the Americas and Spain (MAS) program, and will be housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Spanish professor Rita Urquijo-Ruiz says this new major is an ideal move for a university located in the heart of San Antonio.

“Trinity is located very strategically, in terms of geography. We are part of San Antonio, a city that is close to Mexico and a gateway to Latin America,” Urquijo-Ruiz says. “And because this is a majority-Latinx community, we have a great opportunity in our hands for students to learn about Latinx Studies not just in the classroom, but out in our city as well.”

The minor in architectural studies is a perfect fit for a university designated as a national historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and with strong ties to generational architect O’Neil Ford.

“We’re lucky to have such strong offerings in architecture, art, and urban studies, along with engineering,” says Kathryn O’Rourke, art history professor and director for the minor. “And there’s so much happening in San Antonio right now with growth and urban planning. We’re looking forward to getting our students out into the city. To have a minor like this at Trinity, it just makes so much sense.”