Faculty Resources for Purposeful Work Infusion Courses

Benefits to faculty members:

  • The opportunity to view your course through a fresh lens, potentially enhancing discussion and student engagement
  • The chance to engage in lively discussions about pedagogy with peers
  • Financial support for bringing a guest speaker* to campus (modest travel expenses and a $100 honorarium, or $50 honorarium for virtual class visit)
    • *Multiple guest speakers may be accommodated, depending on budget utilization
  • Addition of the course attribute “Purposeful Work” to your class listing in the Garnet Gateway
  • The opportunity to shape an important programmatic element of the purposeful work initiative

Participation Components:

  •  Include the following in class:
    • Presentation of course material through a lens that actively considers questions such as:
      • What is “work” and how does it shape ourselves, our society, and other facets of our world? How do we, in turn, shape work?
      • How do we each form a sense of ourselves and our desired path?
      • What are the components of a life well lived?
      • How have others made an impact about which they feel pride?
    • One assigned reading that connects “work” (broadly defined) to the academic content of the course
    • One required structured writing assignment in which students reflect on the convergence between their own “work” and their course content, drawing on readings and/or discussions. (Grading of this paper is optional.)
  • Attend two meetings (one hour each) about pedagogy, at the start of the semester and mid-semester.
    • These meetings are held over lunch or late afternoon refreshments, and multiple time options are offered to accommodate varying schedules.
  • Consider allowing an online assessment of the Infusion Project components to be sent to members of your class at the end of the semester.

Questions? Contact Marianne Cowan (mcowan) in the Center for Purposeful Work