The University of Calgary has released its plan, Unstoppable, to keep its Eyes High ambitions to be a great research university at the heart of a resilient community.
One of the big ideas within this plan is to elevate transdisciplinary scholarship at the University by incentivizing working across faculty lines and reducing the barriers our students, faculty and staff face when the attempt to do so.
Transdisciplinary scholarship is scholarship built around problems and possibilities, not professions. Its focus is on building knowledge between, across and beyond traditional disciplines.
In a complex time of ever-increasing specialization, it’s a way to tackle the big questions of our day that do not fit into one department or one faculty. It’s a way to create entirely new areas of knowledge and coming to entirely novel solutions. The world needs more of it.
We will be building a University of Calgary-specific approach to transdisciplinary scholarship. It will involve continued curation of disciplinary excellence, encouraging deep collaboration among scholars across our university and engaging with the community to define problems, contribute resources and field-test solutions. This will occur in conjunction with a strengthened emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion that brings in more viewpoints and experiences, strengthening the solutions we provide.