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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2009

T C 302 • Community & Place-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42730 MW
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
CRD 007B

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to define and explore civic engagement, with the intention of inspiring students to become civic entrepreneurs themselves in their respective areas of interest. We will survey the topics of Justice, Place, Transit, Entrepreneurship, Education, and Healthcare. We will analyze how each issue intersects with and influences the other to engender a community, and we will assert our civic responsibility to understand those intersections and develop improvements upon them. Four classes will be devoted to each topic, each involving fieldtrips, guest speakers, and class discussions.

Grading Policy

Students will be assessed according to their performance in the following two categories:

Category 1: Class Participation; Attendance and Timeliness; Attention

Category 2: Essays, Semester project

Each category makes up fifty percent of the final semester grade. The division corresponds to the two varieties of learning that students are hoped to ascertain from this course: the profit, rectitude, and methods of (1) individual and communal scholarship and (2) information analysis, imagination, and applied problem solving.


The readings come from a variety of sources, including newspaper articles, periodicals, and scholarly journals, and are all included in a single course packet.

About the Professor
Raised in Three Rivers, Texas, Lee Walker graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's of Science in Physics (class of 1963) graduating Phi Kappa Phi (top academic 5% of his class), receiving NASA and National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for his post graduate work in nuclear physics (theoretical cosmic ray research). He was named Honorable Mention All Southwest Conference Basketball Team his senior year. Lee received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967. He served as the President of Dell Computer Corporation through its formative years. After leaving Dell in 1990 for health reasons, Lee was asked to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. The success of his "Elements of Entrepreneurship" and Not for Profit Excellence courses in the Graduate School Business Management Department earned him best teaching award three times. Lee teaches a freshman course entitled Community and Place in the Plan II Honors Program. The Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized Lee as their 1998 Austinite of the Year. In 2000 Lee was a founder of Envision Central Texas. In 2004, Lee received the Texas Nature Conservancy Lifetime Achievement award. In 2006 Lee and his wife Jennifer Vickers received the AFPs Outstanding Philanthropists of the year. Lee was elected as one of the 200 members of the Philosophical Society of Texas in 2005. In 2005 The Lance Armstrong Foundation created The E. Lee Walker Imagination Award, an annual grant up to $500,000 to researchers in cancer survivorship.

Lee lives in Austin with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters, Gabriella and Giulia. In addition, Lee has two older daughters, Amanda and Suzanna Walker and a grandson, Sam, who also reside in Austin.


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