Gateway Sciences Initiative
The provost has announced a university-wide Gateway Sciences Initiative (GSI) to improve learning in gateway sciences and enhance the quality of teaching at Johns Hopkins. The focus is on courses that provide critical introductory material for undergraduate and graduate study in the sciences.
A request for proposals has been released to the Johns Hopkins community for bold, creative ideas for transforming gateway science learning based on sound precedents and accompanied by rigorous assessment plans.
Proposals may focus on existing courses, develop new courses or programs, enhance or advance pedagogy, or develop new learning resources and strategies that function inside or outside the classroom. The proposals will be reviewed by the Gateway Sciences Initiative Faculty Steering Committee. A day-long Symposium on Teaching Excellence, which will include a strong focus on gateway sciences as well as other disciplines, is scheduled for January 20, 2012.
Ph.D. Innovation Initiative
The Ph.D. Symposium on October 25, 2011 generated energy and enthusiasm around the subject of Ph.D. education. To capture that excitement, with the goal of not only invigorating Ph.D. education, but also of putting Johns Hopkins at the forefront of innovation in Ph.D. education, the Doctor of Philosophy Board is launching a Ph.D. Innovation Initiative. For each of the next two years, the university will invest approximately $1M/year in support of bold new ideas in Ph.D. education. The funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to proposals solicited from across the Johns Hopkins community.