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Assistant Dean Herman Wins Award for Core Curriculum Innovation

Dr. Jeanette Herman, assistant dean for academic initiatives in this school, was selected to receive the 2013 Cale McDowell Award. The selection committee, which includes students, faculty, and staff, chose Dr. Herman for her work implementing one of the recommendations of the Task Force on Curriculum Reform: skills and experiences flags as part of the UT Austin core curriculum that is shared by all undergraduate students. Flags are taught across the curriculum shared by all UT Austin undergraduates. Students learn about writing or ethical decision-making, for example, in the context of their own discipline. Flags come from a belief that every undergraduate should be exposed to a set of important skills and experiences designed to prepare them for a complex world.

“The visionary transformation proposed by the Task Force, of extending common curricular elements into each major, has been and is being accomplished systematically, skillfully, and impressively under Dr. Herman’s leadership,” said Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies Larry Abraham, adding that he commends her “dedicated personal efforts.”

About Jeanette Herman

Jeanette Herman received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. As assistant dean for academic initiatives, she serves as director of the Center for the Core Curriculum and director of the Bridging Disciplines Programs. In her current role, she works with a variety of academic initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies, including the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Archer Program at UT Austin.

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