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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO ADD AN UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM TO THE SCHOOL OF Undergraduate Studies CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014 AND/OR REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), Dean Paul B. Woodruff has submitted the following changes in the School of Undergraduate Studies Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The proposed changes have been approved by the dean and the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC) on August 26, 2011. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 5, 2011, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by November 4, 2011.




Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on November 10, 2011.



REQUEST TO ADD AN UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM TO THE SCHOOL OF Undergraduate Studies CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014 AND/OR REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

If the administrative unit requesting to recognize the certificate on the University transcript, please see the Minimum Criteria for Certificate Recognition on the Transcript section. The criteria in that section must be incorporated into the catalog language and included in the proposal.

1. Type of Proposal: New certificate program

2. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate: Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP)

3 Proposed Implementation date: Fall 2012

4. Administrative Unit Awarding the Certificate: Bridging Disciplines Programs, School of Undergraduate Studies

5. Statement of Objective (Include pages in undergraduate catalog where changes will be made):

The Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP offers students the opportunity to both study and promote conflict resolution in interpersonal, institutional, societal, and global contexts. Students in this program will explore the causes and consequences of various forms of violence, as well as the conditions of peace. In exploring peaceful alternatives to violence, they will learn to understand peace as a multi-faceted vision for transformed human relations. In addition to gaining a more sophisticated understanding of peace and conflict, students will also learn about and practice skills necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Students in the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP might choose to focus on a wide range of topics—from disarmament, to interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, to political, religious, and social pluralism. Along with the opportunity to pursue their specific interests, all students in this BDP will gain a perspective for analyzing situations involving conflict, and for understanding how these situations can be resolved and how transforming these situations might improve lives.

The Ethics and Leadership and Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies faculty panel, which will oversee this certificate, works with students to tailor their course work to fit their interests, and to identify research and internship opportunities.

BDP certificates combine courses that fulfill core requirements, electives, and a limited number of courses counting toward students’ majors with unique research and internships. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers. Rather, the BDP certificates are designed to help students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way, giving them the opportunity to develop a secondary area of specialization.

Our goal is to have the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP approved for recognition on official student transcripts. We would like to begin recognizing the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP on transcripts for students who graduate in fall 2012. The Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP certificate has been approved by the BDP Steering Committee, the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee, and the Associate Dean and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. This change affects pages 19-20 of the 2010-12 Undergraduate Catalog.

Although the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP will rely on courses from a variety of departments, this certificate will not have a significant impact on other colleges/schools or departments. BDP students have the opportunity each semester to request seats in courses that they plan to count toward their BDP certificate, and the BDP office in turn contacts department chairs to request seats in these courses. Typically, we only request a few seats (if any) in any given course for a semester, and the BDP office never guarantees that any student will have access to any specific course.

For most parts of the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies curriculum, students will be able to choose from among a variety of courses to satisfy any given requirement, and as a result, no one course is overloaded with demand. The only exceptions are the BDP 101 course, which is offered through the BDPs, and the CMS 371K: Practicum in Conflict Mediation course. Dr. Madeline Maxwell, who is on the faculty panel overseeing this certificate, teaches the CMS 371K course, and she has agreed to provide space in her class for BDP students. In addition, Dr. Barry Brummett, chair of the Communication Studies Department, has agreed to have the course listed as a requirement for students pursuing the certificate, and he has also agreed to all of the other CMS courses we are listing in the curriculum. Before we list any course as part of the BDP certificates, we contact the faculty teaching those courses to ensure that the course is appropriate to include.
6. Number of students expected to receive the certificate each semester:

Approximately 5-15, once the program has been operating for several years.

7. Number of hours required for completion (Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours):

A minimum of 19 credit hours is required for completion of the certificate.
8. List faculty who are on the certificate program faculty committee. (For inclusion on transcripts, the faculty committee must have a minimum of five members and at least 2/3 of the committee must be tenured or tenure-track.)

Note with an asterisk those faculty who are tenured or tenure track. Please also note the program chair, who will be responsible for authorizing the students’ certificates. Specify changes to the committee membership by noting those no longer on the committee and those added to the committee.

 

Name of Faculty Member

College/Department

Title at UT Austin

Highest Degree and Awarding Institution

Minette Drumwright* (chair)

Communication/

Advertising

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John Dzienkowski*

Law

Professor

J.D., University of Texas at Austin

David Edwards*

Liberal Arts/ Government

Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

Steve Friesen*

Liberal Arts/ Religious Studies

Professor

Ph.D., Harvard University

Diane Ginsburg

Pharmacy

Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

M.S., University of Houston

Linda Golden*

Business/Marketing

Professor

Ph.D., University of Florida

Jefferson Howell

Public Affairs

Senior Research Fellow

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Julie Irwin*

Business/Marketing

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Colorado

Madeline Maxwell*

Communication/

Communication Studies

Professor

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Steve Nichols*

Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Bob Peroni*

Law

Professor

J.D., Northwestern University

Robert Prentice*

Business/

Business, Government, and Society

Professor

J.D., Washburn University

Howard Prince

Public Affairs

Senior Lecturer and Director, Center for Ethical Leadership

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Gretchen Ritter*

Liberal Arts/ Government

Professor; Vice Provost

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stan Roux*

Natural Sciences/

Biological Sciences

Professor

Ph.D., Yale University

Sean Theriault*

Liberal Arts/ Government

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Juliet Walker*

Liberal Arts/

History

Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Patricia Wilson*

Architecture/ Community and Regional Planning

Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

Paul Woodruff*

Liberal Arts/ Philosophy

Professor; Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D., Princeton



9. Academic course requirements: Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program: Note with an asterisk (*) courses that would be added to current course inventory if the certificate program is approved. Specify changes to the qualifying courses by noting those no longer qualifying and those now qualifying. (Add and delete rows as needed.)

 

Course Abbreviation and Number

Course Title

SCH

BDP 101

Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

UGS

Various

3 credit hours additional foundation course (see number 10 below for details)

Various

CMS 371K

Practicum in Conflict Mediation

Communication

Various

3 credit hours connecting research or internship experience (see number 10 below for details)

Various

Various

9 credit hours additional courses in a strand (see number 10 below for details)

Various



10.

Other certificate requirements:

All students are required to complete the following requirements:

  1. At least nineteen credit hours of course work, to be distributed as follows:
    1. Foundation Courses:  Four credit hours of foundation courses that introduce key concepts and skills/theories related to the interdisciplinary study of Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. Students take both of the following courses:
      1. Forum Seminar (one credit): BDP 101: Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies; or another course approved by the Ethics and Leadership and Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies faculty committee.
      2. Skills Foundation Course (three credits): CMS 310K: Team-based Communication; CMS 352: Organizational Leadership; CMS 354: Conflict Resolution; GOV 335M: Politics and Reality; MAN 336: Organizational Behavior and Administration; MAN 337: Art and Science of Negotiation; T D 357T: Performance of Theatre for Dialogue; or another course approved by the Ethics and Leadership and Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies faculty committee.
    2. Connecting Experiences:  Six credit hours of coursework in undergraduate research and internships that connect students’ Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies BDP to their major field. All students must complete CMS 371K: Practicum in Conflict Mediation for one of their Connecting Experience requirements, and students will also choose a second Connecting Experience that could be either a research or internship experience. Connecting Experiences are designed to be individualized based on the student’s interests and goals, and a variety of course numbers offered through the BDPs (BDP 310, 311, 320, 321) and in departments across the University may be used. All students must write a 3-5 page essay reflecting on the experience, in addition to the academic requirements specified by the faculty member supervising the student and assigning a grade.
    3. Courses in a Strand: Nine credit hours of approved courses in a strand that allow students to focus their remaining BDP course work. Students will work with their BDP advisor and the faculty panel to design an interdisciplinary strand that allows them to pursue their interests, and at the same time exposes them to multiple areas of concern related to conflict resolution and peace studies. In designing their strand, all students must choose courses from two or more of the following categories: Global Conflict Resolution; Societal Conflict Resolution; Institutional Conflict Resolution; Interpersonal Conflict Resolution. The attached curriculum sheet for Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies lists the currently approved courses for each category. The faculty committee for Ethics and Leadership and Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies approves new courses that may count toward the certificate each semester, and the committee may also approve student petitions to count unlisted courses on a case-by-case basis.
  1. A 3-4 page integration essay in which students reflect on what they have learned and accomplished through their BDP experience. These essays will be reviewed by members of the BDP faculty panel.

  2. Students must earn a grade of at least C- in each of the courses taken to fulfill BDP requirements and the cumulative grade point average in all courses counting toward a student’s BDP certificate must be at least 2.0. All but one of the courses taken to fulfill BDP requirements must be taken on the letter-grade basis.

  3. At least half of the required course work in the BDP certificate must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

  4. Completion of the requirements of a major.
11. Give a detailed rationale for change(s):

The Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies certificate is a new addition to the Bridging Disciplines Programs, and it will begin accepting applications from students in Spring 2012. Each of the other eleven BDPs has already received approval to be recognized on student transcripts, and we would like to have the Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies certificate also recognized.

The Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies certificate was developed in response to students expressing the need for a certificate focusing on conflict resolution. Although a few of the other BDP certificates have included options for students to study issues related to conflict resolution and peace studies within the context of the larger BDP topic (e.g. Ethics and Leadership or International Studies), we heard from students and from faculty that there is a need for an undergraduate program that focuses on conflict resolution as the primary topic, and that grounds students in the theories, methodologies, skills, and historical and social contexts that inform this area of study.




College/School Approval Process:

Approver:           Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee
Approver:           Paul Woodruff, Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
Date:                 August 26, 2011

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.