COMMITTEE

Global Challenges Advisory Committee

The Global Challenges Advisory Committee is charged with providing recommendations to the provost and president regarding the allocation of funding for the global challenges component of the Third Century Initiative.

Sponsorship

Martha E. Pollack, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Background

In the fall of 2011, the University launched the Third Century Initiative (TCI), a plan to use $50 million in existing funds during the ensuing five years to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary teaching and scholarship approaches.

The goal of the initiative is to stimulate creative thinking among faculty, staff and students about how to intensify learning experiences in and beyond the classroom and how to approach some of the foremost challenges facing our world.

TCI’s two components are: 1.) action–based immersive learning experiences, and 2.) development of creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities. A faculty advisory committee has been formed for each component.

Committee Charge

The Global Challenges Advisory Committee is charged with providing recommendations to the provost and president regarding the allocation of funding for the global challenges component of the Third Century Initiative. Specifically, the committee is responsible for:

  1. Deciding on the most effective ways to harvest the best ideas from campus, whether through Request for Proposal (RFP) process, forums, consultation with deans, discussions with students, etc. The committee will then work with staff from the Provost’s Office to put in place these processes.
  2. Evaluating the ideas that come forward from the implemented processes from #1 and making recommendations to the provost and president for funding.
  3. Setting up mechanisms to evaluate the success of the projects that are funded and make recommendations regarding the future of the projects.
  4. Developing plans to communicate with the campus community about the initiative.

Scope and Boundaries

The Committee is advisory in nature and is expected to provide guidance and recommendations.

Funding decisions will be made by the President and Provost on advice from the committee.

Membership

Committee membership is not representative, but is intended to include a variety of interests and expertise.

Dan Ferris (CHAIR), School of Kinesiology
Goncalo Abecasis, School of Public Health (Biostatistics)
Allan Afuah, Ross School of Business
Eric Fearon, Medical School
Lorraine Gutierrez, School of Social Work
Jim Hines, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Economics), Law School
Becky Lange, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
David Porter, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (English, Comparative Literature)
Volker Sick, College of Engineering, OVPR

Staff Support

Anne Berens, Assistant Vice Provost

Administrative support, as required