The Future University

Higher Education looks different today. Disciplines are in constant flux. Technology is revolutionizing intellectual inquiry, research, and production. Teaching styles and classroom structures are accommodating an exponential growth in knowledge and increased societal complexity, with the mission of advancing human well-being. Yet, much of the “modern” university is still rooted in its centuries-old traditions, structures, and practices.

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Future University

Within this theme, we explore:

If you were to design the ideal University, for today and tomorrow, what would it look like?
How would it function?
What would it not be?
What is the Future University?

Spring 2021

Spotlight on Care

Spotlight on Care

Guided discussion to consider ways in which we can--as individuals and as larger departments/offices/programs--reflect the principles of generous thinking, as described by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in her 2019 book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, will discuss her book, “Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.” Fitzpatrick urges academics to think critically, constructively, and generously — a mode of engagement that she describes as listening over speaking, community over individualism, and collaboration over competition.
Big Ideas Incubator

Big Ideas Incubator

Learn about the emerging Big Ideas Incubator & the Health Heartland Collaborative, a structure for building collaborative research teams with community agencies in connection with funding opportunities. The Incubator works on a three-year cycle, focusing on one project at a time to build a network of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and community partners. The Big Ideas Incubator is co-directed by Dr. Katie Batza & Dr. Nicole Reiz.
Centering Climate Justice

Centering Climate Justice

Dr. Megan Horst is a professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research centers the intersection of food systems and planning, with particular focus on public policy and planning and food justice. She works with sustainable food systems, farmland conservation, and access to resource lands.