Since the release of the T10 Strategic Plan in November 2013, the Office of the Provost in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends from around the university have begun to implement T10 initiatives. Current initiatives include:
Data-Intensive Studies Center
Tufts seeks to develop a university-wide, interdisciplinary center dedicated to data-intensive research and pedagogy, studying the science of data and its use in application domains that span the breadth of the university. Such a center will build on existing strengths at Tufts and provide a structure to help realize the promise of the Tufts T10 Strategic Plan. DISC will create a collaborative, application-driven environment that simultaneously fosters the development of new methods for extracting meaning from data and the application of those methods to a host of domain areas relevant to Tufts. DISC will provide a university-wide forum for identifying strategic opportunities best addressed by combining expertise in the science of data and application domains.
To encourage the recruitment of greater numbers of interdisciplinary faculty, Tufts has created Bridge Professorships, an extension of the very successful recent cluster hiring initiative in the School of Arts and Sciences. The Bridge Professorships program will enable the hiring of faculty whose scholarship bridges academic units across or within schools. The program will enhance the already vibrant interdisciplinary work across the university and form the foundation upon which new interdisciplinary bridges are built. Read more about Bridge Professorships.
Tufts University and its Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service launched Tufts 1+4, a novel bridge year program that will offer incoming students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to engage in a year of full-time national or international service before beginning the traditional college experience. Tufts 1+4 will place these admitted first-year students in selected service organizations starting in the fall of 2015, before they begin their four-year undergraduate studies the following fall. The program is one of the initiatives springing from the 10-year strategic plan unveiled by Tufts in the fall of 2013. Read the Tufts Now story on Tufts 1+4.
Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost
Provost Harris established a search committee to identify the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost for the university. This position was created in direct response to the Diversity Council Report which was approved by the Trustees in November 2013, alongside the T10 Strategic Plan. After an intensive search process, the Office of the Provost instated two Chief Diversity Officers, Rob Mack and Joyce Sackey, who serve the Medford/SMFA and Boston/Grafton campuses respectively.
Teaching and Learning Engagements at Tufts (TALEs)
TALEs reinforces the University’s commitment to teaching and learning as a strategic priority by connecting and enhancing many existing resources and activities across the University that support excellence in teaching. In so doing, TALEs will illuminate opportunities for the development of new programs to create impactful engagements with effective teaching throughout our campus. Read more about TALEs.