The Public Goods Council (PGC) is a cluster of University organizations dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and culture through music, works of art, special collections, historical archives, natural science resources, other scholarly resources, performance programs, coursework and experiential learning.
In the fall of 2004, the PGC made a commitment to involve more faculty and more undergraduate students with the Council’s resources, for the purpose of teaching and learning. Working with CRLT, the PGC designed a pilot program, a Faculty Institute held in May 2005. Faculty participating found the program so rewarding and stimulating that the Provost and PGC committed to further program development. Based on this pilot’s success with faculty, the following will continue to be the key program elements: networking with faculty members with similar interests but different areas of expertise, seeing pedagogical and intellectual models that have been useful for others, and having opportunities for faculty and PGC staff members to workshop ideas together.