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Resolution to Support Collaboration

The following resolution was unanimously supported by faculty council and was approved in March of 2014. Approval of the resolution by the provost has allowed for the Innovation Through Collaboration initiative to move forward with plans to foster collaboration across the university.

Faculty Council Agenda 9 Resolution—February 17, 2014
Sponsors: Roshanna P. Sylvester (LAS) and John Shanahan (LAS)

WHEREAS, at its recent retreat Faculty Council discussed a range of issues regarding innovation through collaboration; and

WHEREAS, there was general agreement among those who participated in the “innovation through collaboration” working groups that faculty members’ intellectual/creative agendas should drive curricular change at DePaul; and

WHEREAS, except in isolated pockets (such as the Rosalind Franklin research initiative), current budgeting and incentive structures discourage collaboration, especially across colleges; and

WHEREAS, retreat participants proposed a variety of possible avenues to help overcome those structural obstacles;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Faculty Council recommends to the Provost that the following actions be implemented:

1. that a certain portion of QIC and URC funds (including summer stipends, release time, and monetary grants) be earmarked for cross-college collaborative endeavors in research, creative activities, and curricular development; and

2. that university-wide programs, including Liberal Studies, University Honors, and Study-Abroad, be used as platforms for courses that are conceptualized, designed and taught collaboratively by faculty in different units.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Faculty Council work with the Office of Academic Affairs to support effective faculty collaboration across colleges and disciplines by:

• Facilitating research/creative affinity “matchmaking;”
• Exploring ways to better recognize and reward collaborative work through the tenure and promotion and annual review processes;
• Encouraging the creation of mission-driven collaborative projects;
• Exploring ways to create free-standing units at the university level (rather than in a particular college) to house collaborative work;
• Investigating how other institutions are supporting collaboration and innovation, in order to find models that could be adapted to DePaul;
• Carving out physical spaces on both campuses that encourage collaboration;
• Creating virtual spaces for collaboration; and
• Encouraging “pop up” events, and other avenues for intellectual/creative “play.”​