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Disciplinary Lens in Social Science Assessment Moving Forward

How skilled are Boise State students at using the methods of inquiry characteristic of social science? How well can students analyze and describe different cultures? Draw connections between diverse perspectives? Or discuss the historical forces that have shaped today’s institutions? These are some of the questions that Boise State faculty who teach Disciplinary Lens in Social Science (DLS) courses ask themselves each semester.

In December and January, DLS faculty helped us capture their assessments of Fall 2015 student work against the University Learning Outcomes (ULOs) for social science. We would like to thank the faculty who participated in the Fall assessment survey for their efforts. We had an excellent survey response rate of 91%, and we are planning improvements in our outreach to concurrent faculty to achieve an even higher rate for Spring semester.

In addition to their written commentary, DLS faculty rated student work on a 1-4 scale as “unsatisfactory,” “developing,” “good,” or “exemplary” using Boise State’s ULO 11 Social Science Rubric.

Fall 2015 DLS Survey Highlight

Gathering data like this is the first phase of Boise State’s faculty-driven ULO assessment process, which is focused on continually improving the university’s signature learning outcomes.

The Foundational Studies Program will soon be seeking DLS faculty to help review final assessment reports at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Interested DLS faculty should e-mail or contact their department chair.

Coffee and Conversations Event: October 9, 2015


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OCTOBER 9, 2015
12:00-1:30 PM

Event Flyer: Oct 9 2015 FSP Coffee and Conversation Event


Join your colleagues for some coffee and a conversation about fostering effective teamwork. Highlighted faculty will present digital posters about their work and answer your questions.


Jen Black and Steph Cox are lecturers in the English Department who have been teaching UF 100 together since 2012. They have team taught every variation on the course: 15-week plenary/discussion, 15-week online, 7-week summer online, and 5-week summer hybrid. This experience has provided them with many opportunities to study, practice, and teach about effective teamwork.

Cynthia Bradbury is an adjunct faculty member in the Anthropology Department. Cynthia began exploring cooperative learning techniques while teaching 8th graders from “the projects” in Norfolk, Virginia. At Boise State, she continues to use groups to provide structure for classroom activities, encourage students to take charge of their learning, and give students experience working closely with others.

Hiring: Discussion Group Leaders for UF 100

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to apply to lead a UF 100 Discussion Group in one of our 7 Intellectual Foundations thematic sections.  Discussion Group Leaders can make a HUGE difference in the first-year experience of our students.

If you have:

  • an earned bachelor’s degree or higher
  • experience teaching or facilitating learning,
  • experience advising or leading groups

and a strong desire to work as part of a teaching team to support students’ development of critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills – this is the role for you!


For more information about teaching opportunities with the Foundational Studies Program, please see:

Or call The Foundational Studies Program at 426-4057