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Request for Proposals:
Common Experience 2019-2020
Theme and Events

The Common Experience team has now posted a call inviting faculty and staff to submit proposals for the 2018-2019 Common Experience theme. Because the Common Experience is a collaborative initiative at Texas State crossing departmental and divisional boundaries, we encourage proposals that address important themes that can foster a broad, inclusive conversation among faculty, staff, students, and the broader central Texas community.  

Each year a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, staff and students has created distinctive experiences for our community that included on-campus presentations by such persons as Maya Angelou, Edward James Olmos, Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, Soledad O’Brien, and Robert Rodriguez, and special events such as a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. The 2015-2016 Common Experience theme, "Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, An Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera," used …Y No Se Lo Tragó La Tierra / …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him as a Common Reader. A team is currently working on the 2017-2018 theme, "The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century." 

The Common Experience proposal selected should show a strong connection to a theme and events that cross academic boundaries and that bridge academic affairs and student affairs. The proposal should reflect collaborative potential as well. A committee will coordinate the main Common Experience speaker with LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series. A Common Experience team will review all proposals submitted and will give special attention to proposals that reflect one (or more) of the following characteristics:

  • welcomes interdisciplinary analysis and conversation
  • has high academic caliber conducive to scholarly dialogue
  • includes collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs, and community engagement)
  • engages and is relevant for students and community
  • suggests possible contributors and participants for a Common Experience structured around the suggested theme
  • recommends possible resources that potentially connect to the proposed theme.

Proposals are due on or before _______________ and should be emailed to Dr. Ron Brown, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services, at Proposers will have the opportunity to discuss their proposal with the selection committee in April. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated no later than __________________. 

If you have any questions regarding proposals, please contact the co-chairs of the Common Experience:

Dr. Pam Wuestenberg
» 512.245.8967

Dr. Ron Brown
» 512.245.2205