College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Development for Integrative Pedagogy and Assessment Practices

Initiative Goal: Core Curriculum Enhancement (CCE)

The College of Arts and Sciences' initiative for faculty development in the areas of integrative pedagogy and assessment practices offers support for faculty training in high-impact teaching and learning and in the assessment of such approaches.  The initiative encompasses a number of experiences that will assist faculty in developing new courses and revising existing ones to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches, e-portfolios, writing intensive courses, and digital humanities projects that can serve as focal points in a new core curriculum. Preparation for faculty development of the new core includes activities to increase facility with assessing learning outcomes.  This work is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CCE Proposal Mellon Grant 2017-2019

Core Curriculum Course Listing

Transfer/Equivalency List for Core Curriculum

Advising Checklist for Existing Students switching to XCORE

Podcast: A conversation with Kim Vaz-Deville of Xavier's College of Arts & Sciences on enhancing the core curriculum. More


The New Core Pyramid

Areas of Concentration:

Interdisciplinary Course Development:  To achieve the goal of increasing the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary course offerings, Xavier faculty will read, discuss, and utilize scholarship and infuse this knowledge into a core curriculum course in which two or more disciplines are represented and require assignments that synthesize and integrate key content. More

E-portfolios: To achieve the goal of equipping students to connect the core learning outcomes and those of their major(s), Xavier faculty will acquire skills in creating and evaluating e-portfolios through reading, discussing, and utilizing scholarship and infusing this knowledge to develop an e-portfolio structure for a core course. 

Intensifying the Focus on Writing To achieve the goal of greater focus on writing and rigor in the amount of writing required of students, Xavier faculty will create writing intensive assignments and courses.  These will have an emphasis on writing and devote significant class time to the teaching and practice of writing.  Faculty will read, discuss, and utilize scholarship about the expressive or the transaction model of “Writing across the Curriculum” and receive training in pedagogy that fosters “Writing to Learn” in entry-level courses and writing for their specific discipline in higher level courses. More

Digital Humanities: To achieve the goal of incorporating projects in core courses that require students to use electronic methodologies to demonstrate what they know in applied and collaborative contexts, Xavier faculty will read, discuss, and utilize scholarship and travel to conferences, workshops and labs for training in the digital humanities.  They will receive support for planning, implementing, and assessing a digitally-based project into a core curriculum course. More

Assessment: To achieve the goal of building faculty capacity in core curriculum assessment Xavier’s faculty will participate in assessment training and will implement assessment strategies into their core curriculum classes that reflect the newly adopted faculty-approved core learning outcomes. More

Schedule of Activities (Spring 2018):

Jan. 29, 2018

(3:30pm-4:30pm) - Writing in the Disciplines: From XCOR 1000 to XCOR 3000.

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B.

Feb. 21, 2018
(12:00-1:00pm) - New Orleans Past and Present Digital Initiative Faculty Forum

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B.

PRESENTERS: Dr. Mary N. Mitchell, Jennifer Miller and Renee Peck

Mar. 3, 2018
(10:00am-2:00pm) - Writing in the Disciplines Saturday Seminar.

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B.

Apr. 9, 2018
(12:00-1:00pm) - Digital Humanities and Managing Digital Content

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP Here. (

PRESENTERS: Sr. Mary Ann Stachow (Theology) and Dr. Shearon Roberts (Mass Communication)

May 14-15, 2018
(9:00am-3:00pm) - 2-Day Intensive Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar.

LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B.


PI: Kim Vaz-Deville is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of Education at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Her book, The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition (LSU Press, 2013) was the basis for The Louisiana State Museum Presbytere’s 2013 exhibition “They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition”. The ‘Baby Dolls’ was the 2016 selection of the Young Leadership Council’s program, One Book One New Orleans. 


Program Manager: Franziska Pirkl is a Xavier University of Louisiana alumna. She graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication with Public Relations concentration and a minor in Sales and Marketing. While being a student-athlete on the Xavier Volleyball team, she also served as a staff writer, photographer and co-editor of The Xavier Herald. In 2013, she served as the secretary of Xavier's PRSSA student chapter. Her research interests include media effects, women's studies, and cross-cultural communication.


Faculty Coordinators:

Interdisciplinary Approaches: Dr. Robin Runia is Associate Professor of English. She teaches courses in Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Romantic, and World Literature as well as Composition. Her publications explore spirituality, sexuality, and race in women's writing from 1660-1830. With her colleagues in the Biology and History departments, she has developed and co-taught  two interdisciplinary courses: Biology in Literature and Writing, Women, and Race.


E-Portfolio: Michael R. Adams joined Xavier as an Associate Professor of Chemistry in 1998.  He also serves as Director of the Chemistry-Prepharmacy Program and regularly teaches courses for first-year students as a Freshman Seminar Fellow.  As a member of the American Chemical Society, he serves as Chair of the ACS Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board and as a consultant to the Society Committee on Education.


Assessment: Associate Professor Amy Bellone-Hite is the Clarence Jupiter Professor of Sociology.  In addition to teaching in the areas of comparative sociology, demography, and gender, she is Head of the Department of Sociology and Chairperson of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Bellone-Hite holds interdisciplinary B.A., M.A., and Ph.D degrees in Latin American Studies.  Since joining Xavier’s faculty in 2004, she has served as an academic assessment coordinator since 2005 and on the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee since 2016.


Writing Intensive Courses for the College of Arts and Sciences initiative for "Faculty Development for Integrative Pedagogy and Assessment Practices": Jason Todd studied fiction writing at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His work has appeared in a variety of literary journals. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Department of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, where he teaches writing and American literature. He has served as Writing Center Director and QEP Director. In 2015, he became the first Associate Director for Programming at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development.



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