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 inno
vation 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.” ​
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