The Department of Public & Applied Humanities will cultivate people who can imagine a wide range of critical and creative interests and skills dedicated to the development and application of humanistic inquiry for the betterment of the human condition.
The Department of Public & Applied Humanities will foster:
- Highly experimental research projects;
- Collaborative and transdisciplinary modes of work;
- Design-based learning approaches that emphasize guided engagement in discovery learning to enable the transformation of personal creativity, skills, and knowledge into public enrichment;
- Imaginative approaches to pressing and emerging challenges and opportunities;
- Sustained critique of society and its structures;
- An iterative approach to understanding public good.
We, the community of the Department of Public & Applied Humanities:
Value collaborative decision-making by engaged colleagues;
Practice innovative thinking about both new and conventional challenges;
Engage in active learning about subjects that may be new, difficult, or uncomfortable;
Promote the diversity of individuals, communities, ideas, and expressions;
Exercise leadership and participation that is honest, compassionate, and respectful;
Strive to balance the fiscal needs of our department with the human needs of its people;
Embrace complexity and work with dynamic situations and systems as appropriate.