2019 Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major
Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good
The 2019 Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good, funded by The Endeavor Foundation, is the first in a series of three regional one-day institutes in 2019-2020 that will give departmental teams the time, space, and rich national resources to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate majors. The institutes are the latest in a six-year AAC&U initiative that looks at the department as the unit of change and a student’s major as a site for deepening students’ knowledge, skills, values, and agency about their responsibility to the larger society, both local and global.
By scaffolding opportunities across the major with distinctive disciplinary and interdisciplinary twists, departments can open new vistas through which students can explore more deeply the intellectual and public questions inherent in their major area of study. With access to national consultants and a community of faculty from other institutions with similar goals, departmental teams will be able to enrich their current designs. Organized as a team-centered, hands-on institute, Civic Prompts in the Major should provide teams with a deeper conviction about the power of their major to provide a civic lens and public consciousness for their students and a fresher understanding of how civic engagement and public work enhances students’ understanding of their disciplinary or interdisciplinary major.
This is the first of three regional one-day institutes AAC&U will be organizing in 2019–2020. The winter and spring institutes will be held on the West Coast and the East Coast, respectively. Those dates and locations will be listed on AAC&U’s website in early fall.
Who Should Attend?
The Institute is designed for faculty teams from departments that want to invest in innovative designs for their majors that foster equity, social responsibility, and public-mindedness as an integral dimension of students’ specialized area of study. The minimum team size is three from a given department, and teams from more than one department at the same institution may apply separately. Each team will create a concrete plan to enhance what currently exists and consider necessary steps to implement ameliorations. Faculty teams should attend who want to enrich the power of the major to touch students’ lives in transformative intellectual and ethical ways, prepare them to be more responsible in the workplace, and help strengthen democratic values and commitment to making sure all communities—and the planet--thrive.