Indiana University will renew its commitment to the university as a community of scholars that attracts and retains an excellent faculty.
Regular formal and informal interaction among individuals in the same or related disciplines and, even more important, among those in different disciplines, have long been the hallmark of great universities. Indiana University has prided itself on welcoming interdisciplinary scholarship, which is a core value and objective of many school and campus strategic plans. Interactions among faculty members deepen and broaden understanding. In particular, such interactions bring to bear the diversity of individuals, experiences, perspectives, and views that we regard as fundamentally important. Likewise, a vibrant community of scholars supports students’ active engagement in their education, which we know is central to their learning, retention, and graduation. Such a community enhances instructional effectiveness through the sharing of ideas and techniques, mutual observation, and mentoring.