In the spirit of the Lasallian call to work “together and by association,” each semester two to three faculty members from different departments may collaborate on the creation of distinct but interrelated undergraduate courses (“TABA” courses). While each course has its own departmental home, TABA courses share an overarching theme (e.g., food insecurity, immigration, racial justice). TABA courses may also share some texts, guest speakers, off-campus trips, and/or Student Learning Goals. Faculty and students work collaboratively throughout the semester, engaging in interdisciplinary dialogue, community-based research, service learning, or other shared learning experiences. TABA courses are grounded in the Lasallian Commitment of Active Responsibility and guided by institutional learning outcomes, emphasizing the importance of increasing one’s cultural and global awareness and engaging in respectful collaborations to address issues of personal and public concern.
A course preparation stipend of $1,000 is available to each faculty member the semester prior to teaching. During the semester of instruction, $1,000 is available to be shared across the courses for materials such as speaker and/or community partner stipends, transportation costs, admission fees, or related resources. The course should be able to be offered on multiple occasions, pending the needs of the department and faculty involved.
Some background and examples of TABA courses: