University of Massachusetts Amherst

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IE Fellowship

IE Reflection Examples


List of 2010 Davis IE Fellows

List of 2011 Davis IE Fellows

List of 2011 Davis IE Seed Grant Departments




Davis Grant

The Davis Educational Foundation has awarded a three-year, $274,000 grant to the campus to support the next two phases of General Education reform. The grant provides various types of support for faculty members and departments as they design and implement upper-division Integrative Experiences (IEs) for their majors and pilot methods for assessing General Education learning objectives.


Davis IE Fellowship

The Integrative Experience (IE) Gen Ed requirement was approved by the Faculty Senate in September 2009 as a part of the campus’s larger Gen Ed reform effort. This upper-division integrative experience provides a structured context for students to reflect on their own learning and to draw connections between the broad exposure to content provided by General Education courses and the more focused content studied in their major. Please refer to the General Education Council’s description of the IE criteria and a list of the various forms a department’s IE options might take.

The IE requirement goes into effect beginning with the UMass Amherst class entering in fall 2010. Each department with undergraduate majors will need to provide at least one IE option for all of its majors by fall 2012. 

2011 Davis Integrative Experience Fellowship Program (top)
The Davis IE Fellowship Program*, which ends in 2011, has provided financial and peer support to faculty and departments as they developed and plan to pilot Integrative Experience (IE) models. The 2010 and 2011 Davis Fellows have been instrumental in moving forward this important innovation in General Education, and their work helps position UMass among the national leaders in undergraduate education.

Departments participating in the Davis IE Fellowship Program designated two Faculty Fellows who coordinated departmental IE design efforts and worked collaboratively with other Davis Fellows and the IE Design Steering Committee to develop IE models and curricula, pilot tests of IE components, and discuss assessment of the IE. Together, the Fellows also had and will continue to have the opportunity to participate in a larger campus-wide conversation about integrative learning in the undergraduate curriculum.

By the end of the fellowship year the fellows will have developed department-specific IE learning objectives (based on Gen Ed and IE criteria), developed a department-approved IE plan, including descriptions of the specific IE options for the major (e.g., Courses, Capstone experiences, Service Learning, etc.), and designed and piloted student assignments to achieve IE learning objectives and make samples of the student work available to the IE assessment team.

Davis Fellows will continue to serve as coordinators for IE development in collaboration with departmental colleagues. Fellows help facilitate the departmental conversation about how to meet the IE requirement, strategize its approach, and aid in the development and submittal of a departmental IE plan. Additionally, the fellows will continue to serve as consultants to other departments and faculty colleagues as they explore IE options for their majors.

2011 Collaborative IE Fellowships Integrative Experience Fellowship Program (top)
The IE Steering Committee selected seven departments to participate in the second round of the Davis IE Fellowship Program. This left enough funding to support three proposals for inter-departmental, School/College-wide, and/or Campus-wide proposals for IE (see Options 4 and 5 in the list of IE options)

The Collaborative IE Fellowship provides financial and peer support for Collaborative Integrative Experience models. Throughout fall 2011, Faculty Fellows will continue to develop IE options that will serve undergraduate majors in more than one department or within an entire School/College and work collaboratively with other Davis Fellows to develop IE curricula. Together, the Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in a larger campus-wide conversation about integrative learning in the undergraduate curriculum.

While a number of faculty have expressed an interest in developing IE options that would serve undergraduate majors in more than one department or within an entire School/College, there are particular logistical challenges associated with developing and implementing these types of cross-department or campus-wide approaches to IE. The Collaborative IE Fellowship program has provided an opportunity for faculty to identify and work with a team that can explore this type of option in concert with the other IE Fellows.


IE Departmental “Seed” Grants (top)

With support from the Davis Educational Foundation*, the Provost’s Office and the General Education Council (GEC) awarded departmental seed grants to support Integrative Experience (IE) development and implementation (see more information about the IE Requirement see below). Department Heads and Chairs, or their designee, received grants of up to $2,500. Awarded funds must be used by the end of the grant period, May 2013.  

The funding will be used to support departmental design and implementation efforts in a variety of ways. For example: student focus groups to find out the student perspective on integrative learning, luncheon meetings or departmental retreats to focus on IE, instructional resources or assessment tools to facilitate integrative learning, etc.




2010 Davis Fellows




Dr. Elizabeth Krause

Dr. Michael Sugerman

Dr. Jean Forward


Dr. Elizabeth Connor

Dr. Peter Houlihan


Dr. Mari Castaneda

Dr. Lynn Phillips


Dr. Jenny Adams

Dr. Jane Degenhardt


Dr. Piper Gaubatz

Dr. Steven Petsch


Dr. Daniel Gordon

Dr. John Higginson


Dr. Joseph Hamill

Dr. Barry Braun


Dr. Shelley C. Thibodo

Dr. John Lopes


Dr. Neil Berthier

Dr. Tamara Rahhal

Dr. Elizabeth Kohler

Sport Management

Dr. Mark McDonald

Dr. Tony Lachowetz

2011 Davis Fellows

Departmental Models




Dr. Camille Cammack

Dr. Linda Griffin


Dr. Diane Flaherty

Dr. Kevin Crocker

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Dr. Elizabeth Brabec

Dr. Patricia McGirr


Dr. Peggy Speas

Dr. Lisa Green

Plant, Soil, & Insect Sciences

Dr. John Burand

Dr. Susan Han

Political Science

Dr. Judith Holmes

Dr. Nina Siulc 

Veterinary & Animal Sciences

Dr. Kathleen Arcaro

Dr. Nancy Malcuit 

Dr. John Balise

Collaborative Models



College of Natural Sciences

Dr. Julian Tyson, Chemistry, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Jack Wileden, Computer Science, Assoc. Dean Undergrad. Advising  

Dr. David Mix Barrington, Computer Science

Dr. Samuel Black, Veterinary & Animal Sciences

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Mark Lange, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Dr. Leda Cooks, Communication

Dr. Diane Flaherty, Economics

TBA (Sociology or Political Science or Journalism)

Global Initiatives

Dr. Ximena Zuniga, Education

Dr. Julie Caswell, Resource Economics

Dr. Leda Cooks, Communication

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and
College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, Afro-American Studies

Dr. William Strickland, Afro-American Studies

Dr. Nicholas C. McBride, Journalism

Dr. Demetria Shabazz, Communication


Departments with IE Seed Grants (top)



Art, Architecture, and Art History

Nancy Noble,

Art, Architecture, and Art History

Stephen Schreiber


David Kastor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molly Fitzgerald-Hayes


Michael Knapp

Judaic and Near Eastern Studies

Aviva Ben-Ur


Claire Norton

Public Health

Risa Silverman

Resource Economics

Daniel Lass
Donna Spraggon
Glenn Caffery
Julie Caswell


Janice Irvine


*This program was made possible through the generosity of the Davis Educational Foundation. The Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after his retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.