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."
- Complete list of previous Common Experience themes
- Complete list of previous Common Reading books
- Sample: Proposal for 2010-2011 — Sustainability (pdf)
- Sample: Proposal for 2013-2014 — Minds Matter (pdf)
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 email@example.com. 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
Dr. Ron Brown