Shape of Knowledge



  • Andrei Kutateladze
  • Corinne Lengsfeld
  • Jonathan Pinckney
  • Susan Schulten


Recent Updates

  • Shape of Knowledge Open Houses

    The members of the Shape of Knowledge working group are hosting two open houses for faculty and staff to take part in the consultation process for Imagine DU. This group is tasked with exploring the changes in knowledge, research and teaching. During the open house we want you to think boldly and creatively about how what we do in and outside classrooms, seminar rooms and labs and throughout our larger community might change in the next 10 to 15 years and how the University can best address those changes. Wednesday, April 1, 10-11 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room Thursday, April 2, 5-6 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please select one of these sessions and RSVP here.  

  • Danny Brown

    Required Science vs. Required Humanities?

    This is not something that I have yet thought about any actual solution for, but I think it is worth considering to change the common curriculum requirements. I think that most students entering college have already taken a science course, and if not, science already seems to be hugely accepted and believed in. I do not think it is necessary that students take a yearlong requirement of science. I will likely forget mostly everything I have learned from my science course, but every humanities and social science courses that I have taken have changed the way I think about my life, permanently. For example, we could require a class on diversity/equity/inclusive excellence in areas such as Asian Studies, Judaic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, or something like that. I also think a class on “how to be professional” would be very beneficial, such as email/phone etiquette, and things like that. And of course, a Pioneer 101 class would be helpful, on basic things such as being a “B.O.S.S.” and being honest and instilling values in our freshmen that Orientation Week doesn’t really seem to do. Just something to consider.

  • Federico Cheever

    For interdisciplinary efforts to take root successfully at the University of Denver, we need to create a safe budget space for interdisciplinary work. Many universities have achieved this. At the simplest level, the disciplinary courses need to be identified and administered as such. Tuition revenues from those courses need to be identified as the fruits of interdisciplinary work and used to by necessary resources including faculty time to perpetuate interdisciplinary programming. So long as interdisciplinary work remains an “add-on” existing at the sufferance of the deans of the involved schools, there will never be a stable basis for developing interdisciplinary programs.