The Steering Committee will serve as the primary link between the students, faculty,
and staff in the building process. They will assist with communications, soliciting
feedback, and decision making.
- How do we facilitate faculty, staff, and student input into building design?
- How do we keep the University community informed about building progress?
- How do we maintain a high level of faculty and student input at all stages of the
- Serve as the lead faculty liaison with Facilities Management, building designers,
contractors, and other internal and external bodies who play a role in bu8ilding construction.
- Provide faculty feedback on designer selection and overall design.
- Communicate with faculty, students, and staff inside and outside the College about
matters related to the Natural Science Building.
- Facilitate feedback from faculty, students, and staff during the design and construction
- Prioritize design and construction items based on feedback from faculty, students,
- Act as a resource for the other committees to facilitate their work.
The Pedagogy Committee will examine ways that the new science building can enhance
pedagogy across the sciences and the College more broadly.
- What types of pedagogy will provide our students with the best possible education
in the sciences?
- What type of teaching principles can we develop that will shape our students’ experiences?
- How can the building design shape our pedagogy?
- How can we pilot new approaches while the building is under construction?
- How can we encourage pedagogical experimentation among our faculty?
- How can we measure success?
- Identify what we do well in terms of teaching and how we might enhance our teaching
culture to improve student learning.
- Develop a list of pedagogical ideas to pilot during construction to beta-test instructional
- Develop, implement, and analyze assessment data to determine the effectiveness of
new or refined approaches to student learning.
- Develop a report to share with colleagues across the College that captures lessons
The Research and Collaboration Committee will develop ideas and plans to use the new
science building to enhance formal and informal collaboration within the College of
Arts and Sciences and across campus.
- How can the building design enhance teaching collaboration across disciplines?
- How can the building design enhance research collaboration across disciplines?
- What spaces do we need to facilitate faculty and student research?
- What are the current barriers to teaching and research collaboration and how can we
- What design principles can we employ to maximize the effective use of research spaces?
- Using faculty and student feedback, develop a set of principles to shape how we can
better integrate collaboration in our teaching and research.
- Develop a plan that identifies deliberate and informal opportunities for collaboration
and specific actions we can take over the next five years to implement it.
The Engagement Committee will explore ways that the new science building can enable
campus and community engagement through research, public events, partnering with regional
industry, and other activities.
- How can the new facility enhance recruiting and retention for both undergraduates
and graduate students?
- How can the new building become a showcase for our programs, our faculty, and our
- How can the new building forge a greater engagement with the sciences across the campus
and across the region?
- How does regional engagement and our sense of place shape design?
- Develop a plan that allows us to use the new facility to attract and retain students.
- Provide formal input into the design process that emphasizes regional engagement and
sense of place.
- Develop a plan to use the opportunities the new science building provides to enhance
campus and community engagement over the next five years.