Published: Oct. 5, 2012

Each year CU-Boulder’s program review process begins with a gathering of the community.  The annual Academic Forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to engage in a collaborative conversation about the units undergoing  review. This year's process focuses on a cross section of units involved in the study of the social sciences, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Institute of Behavioral Science
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • International Affairs Program
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Women and Gender Studies

Please join us to talk about the significant ways that these units are shaping CU-Boulder's present and future.


PROGRAM - Wednesday, October 10, 2012:  1:30 – 5:00 pm

Institute of Behavioral Science, Room 155

1:30:  Opening the Conversation
Welcome: Jeff Cox, AVC for Faculty Affairs
The Campus Vision: Provost Moore and Dean Leigh
2:00:  Panel One: Campus and Broader Roles of the Social Sciences
Moderator: Keith Maskus, A&S                     
Panel members:
  • Patricia Rankin, AVC for Research
  • Joyce Nielsen, Sociology
  • Nick Flores, Economics
  • Tim Kuhn, INVST
  • Bryan Taylor, Communication
  • Christie Yoshinaga-Itano, SLHS
Discussion topics:
  • How are the social sciences perceived as contributors to the campus missions in teaching, research, creative work and outreach? 
  • What are the actual contributions made, especially in teaching, compared to other divisions of the college and university?
  • What problems do units face regarding resources and campus/college investments?
  • What do social sciences provide students and the community that cannot be provided by other units on campus?
  • What important and unique roles are played by the social sciences in analyzing and addressing local, state and global problems?
  • What are we doing currently to advance Flagship 2030 goals?
3:25:  Break
3:35:  Panel Two: Toward a Future Vision for the Social Sciences
Moderator: Bill Kaempfer, Vice Provost
Panel members:
  • David Brown, Political Science
  • Bert Covert, Anthropology
  • Rob Buffington, WGST
  • Jane Menken, IBS
  • Andy Cowell, Linguistics
  • Daryl Maeda, Ethnic Studies
  • Donna Goldstein, CARTSS
Discussion topics:
  • How well positioned are the social sciences to meet university Flagship 2030 goals going forward?  What needs to be changed to improve that positioning?
  • How can we take advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities in teaching and research and creative work?
  • Articulating a framework for potential outstanding hiring/research/teaching initiatives:
  • A cross-social sciences data research and analytical methods project linked to graduate training.
  • Building on existing strengths and relations with other colleges and campuses in the critical area of global health and society.
  • Are such initiatives better organized in a school or cluster arrangement?
  • What are the anticipated costs and benefits of making such investments?
5:00:  Closing Reception