In 2015-2016 Lloyd International Honors College will offer its fifth annual year-long Academic Think Tank. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students, and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem.
This program is designed to nurture a new generation of community leaders and intellectuals committed to collaborative thinking, team research, community involvement, leadership, and problem solving.
Under the direction of two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester. They will earn three hours of Honors course credit in the spring semester for successful completion of the full year project.
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- Two-member full-time UNCG faculty teams may submit proposals. We encourage proposals that have a service-learning component.
- If you are interested in leading the academic think tank next year, please work with a faculty colleague to submit a joint application, approved by your respective department Heads and Deans, to Lloyd International Honors College, 205 Foust building by 4pm, Friday, December 12, 2014. The application should include the Application Form and Application Signature Page, a proposal (outlined below), and your respective Curriculum Vitae.
- The proposal accompanying the submission form should address the issue to be considered in the Think Tank, past engagement with the proposed topic, and the importance of the issue to the local, state, national, or international community. Please outline the work to be done by Think Tank members, the level of engagement that will occur with the outside community, and the expected final product of the group’s yearlong work.
- The successful faculty team selected by the review committee will be notified by January 23, 2015.
- 2014-2015: Designing Campus-Community Connections
Faculty: Travis Hicks (Interior Architecture) and Christopher Thomas (Art)
- 2013-2014: Ecologically SANE: Stoked About Natural Environments
Faculty: Ann Somers (Biology) and Catherine Matthews (Teacher Education)
- 2012-2013: Refugee Settlement in the Triad
Faculty: Alexandra Schultheis Moore (English) and Stephen Sills (Sociology)
- 2011-2012: Food Policy
Faculty: Susan Andreatta (Anthropology) and Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies)
Faculty members selected to the Think Tank, with the permission of their Unit Deans and Department Heads, will receive a one course release during 2015-2016 from their planned teaching load in order to lead the Think Tank. The Honors College will provide $3,500 for each course replacement, dependent on University funds being available. The Honors College will also provide funds for outside activities, speakers, and other enrichment elements of the Think Tank.
Student Criteria for Eligibility:
Participation in the Think Tank will be limited to 20 students, selected competitively by the faculty leaders through a separate application process. The minimum GPA requirement for students will be 3.3 at the time of application. Student members must also meet any prerequisites established by the faculty team. The students need not be Honors College members, but Honors College students will be strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty Criteria for Eligibility:
Selection of the 2015-2016 Academic Think Tank will be based on the quality of the project the faculty team proposes, the extent to which the proposal fulfills the interdisciplinary goals of Lloyd International Honors College, the potential for engagement with the broader community, the specificity of the proposal in terms of activities inside and outside the classroom, student assignments, expected final outcome, methods of evaluation, and importantly, assessment methods to be used to determine the effectiveness of the Think Tank. The successful faculty team will be expected to submit a final report on the results of the project during the summer of 2016. The selection committee reserves the right to make no award for 2015-2016 should it decide none of the proposals meets these qualifications and standards.