New Academic Centers
Center for Arts and Creativity
The Bucknell Center for Arts and Creativity will coordinate and foster the expanding array of programs that the Interdisciplinary Creativity, Arts and Innovation Endowment will make possible. With an endowed directorship, this center will do so under a leader who guides, manages and organizes new and emerging disciplinary and collaborative programs around the common purpose of creative instruction and practice. Through such initiatives, the center will challenge students to encounter the arts, explore their own creative potential and apply that creativity to their own goals.
Center for Integrated Sustainability Studies
Sustainability intersects with most aspects of Bucknell’s mission and requires innovative, networked approaches to solving problems. A named Center for Integrated Sustainability Studies would formally link faculty, students and staff across one of our most rapidly developing domains of teaching and research. The center would build upon connections among existing entities such as the Environmental Center, the Teaching and Learning Center and the Office of Civic Engagement, and create a locus for advancing faculty and student learning on the crosscutting theme of sustainability.
Center for Leadership Development
The time has come for a central set of resources to help our students navigate, build on and make the most of the many leadership experiences available across our academic and residential learning programs.
The Center for Leadership Development will organize and provide a standout set of integrated leadership experiences in partnership with academic leadership courses and programs such as the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, our new athletics leadership academy and the Career Development Center.
With funding for a director, staffing support, faculty mentoring, leadership programming, and on- and off-campus leadership experiences, this center can leverage residential learning programs and cultivate as never before the special talent for leadership that characterizes Bucknell student culture.
Neuroscience Research Center
Both Bucknell and Geisinger Health System are strong in neuroscience, psychology and education. As partners we have already initiated a new autism education and research center three miles from campus that promises to make major contributions to understanding autism and helping affected patients and families.
With new funding, we will capitalize on collaborative prospects in studying neurodevelopmental processes of brain development, abnormal development associated with autism, and cancers affecting the brain and nervous system. These studies will be more fully developed as we add new electrophysiological equipment and high-power computing at Bucknell.