Jay Cross appointed director of the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation

Message from Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dru Marshall

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James (Jay) Cross as the inaugural director of the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation (CDCI), effective Oct. 11, 2016. Dr. Cross brings a wealth of experience as a creative and well-respected educator, researcher, innovator and leader to his new role in shaping the future of the CDCI.

As the director, Dr. Cross will play a key leadership role in guiding the development of transformative CDCI learning experiences where students from diverse programs will collaborate in exploring solutions to pressing and complex world issues. The foundation of these learning experiences is inquiry-based, interdisciplinary Global Challenges courses for first-year students who will be immersed in authentic, interdisciplinary inquiry experiences where teaching, learning and research are deeply integrated. The first course in the program launches in January, 2017 and will involve students in investigating the challenge of “Feeding Nine Billion People” under the guidance of faculty mentors.

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