Robert O. Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Enlivening Interdisciplinary Education at UNC

Are you interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of academic life? The Schulze Endowment enlivens interdisciplinary education at the University of Northern Colorado in ways that benefit all students, faculty and the community at large. The endowment enables the university to bring a distinguished person with broad interest in interdisciplinary studies to campus for a year every three years as the Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Schulze Chair may have expertise in any of the academic or professional disciplines.

The Schulze Endowment was established in 1995 through the support of the Life of the Mind Program, donations from private parties and challenge grants from the Watson Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. It honors Robert Schulze, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology, who retired from the university in 1987. He was known and loved for his remarkable wit, his buoyant and infectious sense of humor, his outstanding writing and communication skills and his passion for academic life.

The fund enables the University of Northern Colorado to bring distinguished persons with broad interest in interdisciplinary studies to campus for a visiting year. The Schulze Chair may have expertise in any of the academic or professional disciplines and must hold great promise to enliven the intellectual life of the campus. The fund is also used for other activities that enhance interdisciplinary education at UNC including special lectures and faculty workshops providing cross-disciplinary activities that benefit students, faculty, and the community at large.

Endowment Funded Activities

  • Life of the Mind Courses taught by the visiting Chair
  • Special university-wide lectures on interdisciplinary topics
  • Faculty workshops for development in interdisciplinary education
  • Community outreach activities

Contact the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership to determine when Life of the Mind courses taught by the visiting Schulze Chair are offered.

For more Information

We welcome interested parties to apply for the Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies is typically awarded on a triennial basis. Applicants may also contact the Life of the Mind Program at University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 13, Greeley, CO 80639 (970) 351-2940.

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