Task Force on the Humanities

In 2015, President Barchi formed a Universitywide Task Force on the Humanities, chaired by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee.

The University Strategic Plan identified the humanities as a foundational element—“a core component of the University, upon which the institutional priorities and the integrating themes that shape the strategic plan will stand.” These disciplines play a central role in undergraduate education and in preparing scholars for teaching and research careers.

A group of 18 faculty members from a broad section of humanities departments in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark, including RBHS, worked with the SVPAA to:

  • recommend strategies for supporting and enhancing the humanities at Rutgers;
  • recommend areas for strategic investment;
  • identify programs where the addition of strong scholars would raise the profile of the discipline; and
  • propose other strategies for leveraging the talent within Rutgers’ humanities disciplines.

After sending a preliminary report to President Barchi and receiving his response in spring 2016, the Task Force met with the president several times during the summer and produced a final report in fall 2016.