College of Arts and Sciences
New Faculty Awards for Creative Endeavors Announced

Illinois State University LogoThe Office of the Provost announced two new awards to honor faculty creative endeavors.

Recommended by the University Research Council, the Creative Activity Initiative Award and the University Outstanding Creative Activity Award will honor faculty members, from any discipline, whose scholarly activities involve creative productivity.

“These new awards are a wonderful addition,” said University Provost Janet Krejci. “Alongside the longstanding Outstanding University Researcher Award and the Research Initiative Award, the new Creative Activity awards will celebrate the considerable accomplishments of the entire Illinois State University faculty community.”

The Creative Activity Initiative Award will recognize faculty members who have initiated promising creative productivity early in their academic careers. Creative contributions can span from painting and sculpture to film and drama, musical composition, choreography, writing and poetry, creative media programming, and more.

The University Outstanding Creative Activity Award will recognize faculty members for outstanding creative work. While covering the same areas as the initiative award, the outstanding award looks to celebrate the sustained body of work for those who are recognized nationally and internationally in their fields.

Deadlines for submission of applications will be established by each College. Deans must forward nominations to the Associate Vice President for Research by Friday, October 2.

For additional information on University awards, visit the Research website.

News from the College

Illinois State Selected for National Initiative

College of Arts and Sciences sealIllinois State University has been chosen to take part in a national initiative to boost the number of women in economics majors across the country.

Known as the Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge (UWE), the three-year project will implement strategies for women in introductory economics courses designed to encourage them to stay in the major. Spearheaded by Harvard University and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program is administered by the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Teacher Education Program Recognized Nationally

classroom photoThe Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures’ teacher education program is being recognized nationally for its work at Unity Community Center. It is one of only 11 programs recognized by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Global Engagement Initiative, which seeks to highlight outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within the world languages curriculum at all levels of instruction. The program at ISU involves French, German, and Spanish teacher candidates who benefit from experiences with diverse learners, especially those in early grades of elementary school. (more…)

Planetarium Show Celebrates Northern Lights

photo of Aurora borealisThe Illinois State University Planetarium will present Aurora, running weekends August 28 through November 14. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. There will be no shows October 2, 3, 23, and 24.

The aurora borealis–or northern lights–is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights to grace the night sky. Aurora takes viewers to Earth’s frigid north to explore the myths and science surrounding this spectacular marvel. (more…)

Exhibition Opening at Rachel Cooper Gallery

promotional posterRachel Cooper Gallery invites all members of the campus and Bloomington-Normal communities to “In Conversation” work by MFA student Lexie Bragg opening August 31 and continuing through October 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held on August 31 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Bragg will offer lecture and open conversation of works at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Rachel Cooper Gallery is an extension of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Office. It offers ISU Fine Arts students the opportunity to exhibit their work. Rachel Cooper Gallery works to establish a viable art space for discussions of gender and identity and the promotion of diversity in the fine arts. (more…)

More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

August 31 – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Chronique D’Un Ete,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall, 7 p.m. Due to copyright restrictions, this film is open only to members of the Illinois State University community with valid university ID.