Discipline Centered Activities

Discipline centered activities such as learning communities, honor societies, clubs, conferences, field trips, research and/or publications that faculty and students collaborate and engage in allow your students greater immersion in your discipline.  Although they are not consider measures of student learning, they may allow opportunities for gathering indirect data that may inform your program and be useful archival information for program reviews.

The Annual Progress Report response item, as it is posed in our online reporting software is: "Please tell us about activities such as learning communities, honor societies, clubs, conferences, field trips, research and or/publications that faculty and student collaborate or engage in that allow your students greater immersion in your discipline.

Sample responses from UCCS academic departments are indicated below.

 

History, BA

 

Conferences: Professor Brian Duvick annually takes about 6-8 students to the Southwestern Historical Association, where they present papers drawn from research in both BA and MA courses here.  In other cases, BA students have simply attended the conference with Professor Duvick without giving papers, in order to learn about how professional historical societies operate as well as to learn the content of the material presented.

 

Field Trips: Many faculty involve themselves in taking students on all sorts of field trips, from frequent class visitations to the Pioneer's Museum, to visits to historical sites locally and in Denver, to trips to the Colorado Historical Society in order to work on archival research in historical topics.

 

CSURF: Each year somewhere around 8-10 history BA students present work at the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum.

 

Learning Communities: Professor Carole Woodall directs a History Pedagogy Book Club involving faculty, MA and BA students, who gather monthly to discuss alternative and challenging pedagogical approaches to "sub-altern" history (basically discussing how to learn about and teach the history of the dispossessed and oppressed, who often leave not traditional historical documents behind and therefore tend to be slighted in research.

 

Archival Research and Community Involvement: History Department Instructor Barbara Headle has initiated a special course in archival research for undergraduates.  Additionally, she has students working directly with the city of fountain regarding restoring a cemetery that which has been defaced.

 

Independent Scholar Program: professors have worked with undergraduates in applying for collaborative research funds from the LAS Undergraduate Scholars program; currently two student/professor teams are applying for those funds. 

 

Rosa Parks/Cesar Chavez Awards: Almost every year the History Department has student finalists for these two campus undergraduate awards, and in many years a History student has won one of the two awards.

 

Research Assistantships: Professor Martinez now employs several undergraduate research assistants as part of his big international Shepardic-Judaic studies project.  History students are translating documents from medieval Catalan, building medieval weapons by hand, and participating in an exhibition that will be installed at the Governor's Museum in Santa Fe over the next year. 

 

Political Science, BA

 

Our department participates in several activities with students which immerse them further in the field of political science.  We maintain an active chapter of the national political science honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha.

 

Center for Student of Government and The Individual: Jim Null runs this program, which is highly active in sponsoring local events open to students and the general public.

 

Research Assistants: Several of our faculty work individually with students.  The students help the faculty produce high-quality research while students gain valuable experience in knowledge.

 

CSGI Research Fellows Program: "A program we implemented this past year in which select students are named "CSGI Research Fellows" and given an inside look at the research process with one of our tenure-track faculty.

 

Lecture Series/Preserving a Free and Prosperous Society: Also launched over the past year, we invite prominent scholars from around the country to give talks for the campus and general community.  This program has already featured three lectures with prominent political scientists, and student participation has been excellent.  We are consistently drawing audiences over 100.

 

Spanish, BA

 

Several student-led organizations in the Languages and Cultures Department appeal to the student population.  In the case of Spanish, the Circulo de Espanol is a student-led organization that coordinates, with faculty supervision; guest lectures, presentations, field trips, and other events that facilitate student involvement in the discipline.

 

The Center for Excellent in Language also offers a conversation table students meet twice per week to practice their language skills.

 

The Languages and Cultures Student Organization, formed in 2012, is a student-led group that appeals to students across the campus who are interested in integrating knowledge of languages and cultures to other academic areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Summer, 2016