Professor Donn Weinholtz, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, is the recipient of the 2010 Donald W. Davis All-University Curriculum Award. The All-University Curriculum (AUC) is an innovative program that allows students to explore the depth and breadth of a liberal education, including heritage, culture, the arts, social context, science, and technology.
Weinholtz has participated in the AUC for 18 years, teaching four courses and helping to develop two, including the long-running course, "Gender, Identity, and Society." Most recently, he collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues to create the new course, "Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities." He launched this course in the fall of 2009 to very favorable student reviews.
During the past 12 years, Weinholtz has joined with President Walter Harrison to team-teach the course "Discovering America 1945–Present." They developed the course using the culture and history of Hartford to explain the culture and history of America. As part of the coursework, students take tours of Hartford and its suburbs. Guest speakers in the course have included Hartford mayors, U.S. congressmen, and community activists.
About the Donald W. Davis All-University Curriculum Award:
The purpose of the award is to honor a faculty member who is an effective interdisciplinary teacher and scholar; has contributed to the AUC program as a whole, for example, through course development; and is an advocate for interdisciplinary education.