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As part of a statewide staff development grant, Chemeketa Community College, in Oregon, makes funding available to faculty to participate in interdisciplinary internships for applied academics. Stipends of $1,000 are available per term, while preference is given to proposals that create new course links, connect technical professional instruction with general education, and include faculty who have not recently been involved in course integration. Interdisciplinary teams receiving funding conduct observations of each other's classes, visit related business and industry sites, and collaborate to develop applied and integrated curricula and delivery methods. During the 1994-95 academic year, $20,104 were allocated to fund the project and 30 faculty participated in internships. Benefits to participating instructors include the opportunity for applied professional renewal, increased collaboration among faculty, and the acquisition of new academic content, while students benefit by the improved links between disciplines, enriched classroom experiences, and seeing instructors engaged in continuous learning. The project also provides benefits to the college's program areas, through the improved embedding of necessary skills, the detection of curriculum gaps, and improved curriculum development, and to the college itself in that an organizational climate of continuous learning and collaboration is created and faculty are energized. A sample internship application is included. (HAA)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Cooperation, Eligibility, Faculty Development, General Education, Grants, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Internship Programs, Interprofessional Relationship, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges

Author: Felton, Maureen; And Others


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