Message from the Dean
One of my more pleasurable tasks as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has been to create the Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking (CIT). Overall, CIT is dedicated to enriching the intellectual life of students and faculty by creating opportunities to understand the phenomena of the world we inhabit in a way that is possible only through interdisciplinary approaches. More specifically, CIT has the goal of advancing interdisciplinarity by supporting the already strong presence of interdisciplinary programs in CAS, by organizing and hosting events to foment new interdisciplinary connections, and by providing advice to me on interdisciplinary matters.
Based on nominations from CAS Chairs and Interdisciplinary Program Directors, I have appointed six CIT Fellows (two each from the humanities, natural and social sciences) who initially serve a two-year term, with one of them as Senior Fellow. I'm pleased to say that they have been hard at work in creating a mission statement, formulating a strategic plan, writing criteria for grant proposals to disperse the funds I have dedicated to CIT, incubating imaginative ideas, organizing events, and coming up with a series of metrics by which CIT will be assessed during the second half of the second year.
I welcome you to this website and encourage you to take a look at what CIT is up to. I cordially invite you to be a part of the interdisciplinary thinking going on in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago.
Reinhard Andress, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences
Loyola University Chicago