Schools focus faculty, students on benefits of collaboration

LOCAL HISTORY: Robert Shea, right, associate provost for the advancement of teaching and learning at Roger Williams University, speaks to students during Roger Seminar, which introduces first-year students to Roger Williams as a historical figure by studying texts by ­Williams and those analyzing his role in local history. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
LOCAL HISTORY: Robert Shea, right, associate provost for the advancement of teaching and learning at Roger Williams University, speaks to students during Roger Seminar, which introduces first-year students to Roger Williams as a historical figure by studying texts by ­Williams and those analyzing his role in local history. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
Joan Branham, Providence College associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dan Horne, associate dean of PC’s School of Business, knew the benefits of cross-departmental collaboration but weren’t sure how to encourage it. “Considering the diversity of research and teaching interests across campus, we really struggled thinking about how to find these…

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