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November 21,  2013
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9:00 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.  There are two meetings remaining this semester, December 4 and December 11.

Reviews of curricular documents follow guidelines in the
UAA Curriclum Handbook (the latest revision is June 2013). The committee identified the issue of duplication of courses across academic units. The Interprofessional Education Committee has a preliminary listing of courses which may be duplicated across academic units. This listing is not complete but is an initial attempt to identify courses where the opportunity for interprofessional education exists. Identifying existing and new courses for interprofessional education will continue during this academic year.
Interprofessional RFA

An announcement regarding the second annual Interprofessional Request For Applications (RFA) has been distributed to COH faculty.  Much like last year's solicitation, we are looking for projects involving at least two disciplines.  A priority this year is the modification of existing courses to include interprofessional content and students from more than one of the COH disciplines.  Applications are due by December 6, 2013.  Click here for a copy of the RFA .  For further information contact Associate Dean Randy Magen at 786-6901 or
Faculty Development Event on Interprofessional Education

On December 4th from 9:15 am to 11am in HSB 111  we will have a videoconference with faculty from the University of Alberta, Canada.  The topic will be the Interprofessional pathway at the University of Alberta and the "launch" which gets students started on interprofessional education.  This looks to be an interesting introduction to a novel approach for thinking about interprofessional education.  Details about this event will be sent to faculty and can also be accessed here. 
Unit Updates
Center for Human Development (CHD)


The Alaska Brain Institute took place the first week of November and was held at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, AK. The Institute was for providers working with people with traumatic brain injury. It was sponsored by a partnership of the Alaska Brain Injury Network, Inc., the UAA Center for Human Development Trust Training Cooperative, The Alaska Mental Health Trust, and Community Works Inc. A team of four staff, led by Dr. Janet Williams, came up from Community Works in Kansas to lead a group of community members and professionals from Alaska in looking at how to provide the ideal system of supports and services to people who have experienced brain injury. Dr. Williams led the discussions on how best to provide this level of service at the community level. 
The diverse group of 45 professionals and community members spent two and half days developing and problem-solving how best to make this happen in Alaska. They worked on a potential blueprint for how the State of Alaska could proceed in developing a robust network of support for people with brain injuries in the community. The team will meet two additional times in the coming months to follow up on how the plan is proceeding. This was a powerful step toward bringing Alaskan communities together to assist folks who have experienced a brain injury. 
If you have questions, please contact Eric Boyer at 907-264-6257 or  
Center for Community Engagement & Learning


1. CCEL Director/Civic Engagement Certificate Chair Judy Owens-Manley and Assistant Professor Sheila Selkregg in CBPP presented a poster session at the Imagining America conference on Oct. 4-6 in Syracuse, NY entitled "Urban in Alaska: Bringing the Anchorage Community Together." Imagining America is a new membership organization for UAA through CCEL engaging higher education in the arts and humanities to advance knowledge and creativity through publicly engaged scholarship. Their mission statement is to "catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables publicly engaged artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization," which often gets combined with the idea of creating healthy communities ( 

2. CCEL just finished ENGAGE Week, a week-long series of brown bags, panels, and lectures that involved a focus on neighborhoods, inter-disciplinary focus on climate change, young activist voices, and a launch of a neighborhood writing project. ENGAGE Week is held each year in late fall to link faculty, community, and students with community issues that we confront and study together.  
3. The Civic Engagement curriculum will include a new "Design Experiment: Winter Outdoor Urban Spaces."   
The course will explore the theory and practice of creating an outdoor winter public space on the UAA campus. Students will learn theories of "art as social practice" and environmental psychology, and learn how to plan, design, and physically construct a dynamic winter space based on principles of civic engagement and with an emphasis on using recycled and natural materials (and possibly high tech gadgets). Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Bree Kessler will teach the class accompanied by several art classes and even Alaska Native Studies classes that will contribute to the design experiment. The class will culminate in an outdoor participatory display to coincide with WinterFest on campus and Fur Rondy in the community.  



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • November 28-29 -- Thanksgiving holiday
  • December 5 - UAFT P & T files due to Dean's office
  • December 12 - Last Leadership Team Meeting of the Semester 
  • December 25-January 3 - Christmas & New Year's holiday
  • January 6 - UNAC P & T files due to Provost
  • January 9 - Strategic Planning meeting, 9am to 3 pm 
  • January 13 - Spring semester begins

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