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Claybaugh to Serve as Interim Faculty Director of the Program in General Education

Faculty enter University Hall for their monthly faculty meeting on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in spring 2018.
Faculty enter University Hall for their monthly faculty meeting on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in spring 2018. By Kai R. McNamee
By Lucy Wang and Luke W. Xu, Crimson Staff Writers

Faculty Director of the Program in General Education Jason P. Mitchell has stepped down after serving a year in the position, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced in an email sent to faculty members Tuesday.

Mitchell, a psychology professor, has served on the Standing Committee on General Education since 2013. During his five years on the committee, the Gen Ed program inspired significant Faculty debate, ultimately leading to the development of an entirely new program.

Current Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda Claybaugh will take over Mitchell’s duties, overseeing a “critical period,” Khurana told faculty members in his email.

Mitchell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new Gen Ed program, approved in March 2016, was created in response to a 2015 FAS report that concluded the Gen Ed system was “failing on a variety of fronts.” It mandates that students take courses in four newly defined categories such as "Aesthetics and Culture," as well as three distribution requirements across the FAS and a “quantitative facility” course. It will fully roll out in the fall of 2019.

In his email, Khurana praised Mitchell’s contributions to the Gen Ed program. He wrote that Mitchell created new resources to help faculty develop courses and launched a student advisory board to gain insight into student experiences with the Gen Ed program.

“Jason has worked tirelessly over the past year to oversee the implementation of the new Program’s curriculum. Under Jason’s leadership, the revitalized Program in General Education has developed a strong foundation with more than 30 courses,” Khurana wrote.

Khurana also wrote that students have already begun experiencing the positive effects of the new Gen Ed program.

“Even before the program officially launches next fall, the class of 2019 is already reaping the benefits of the renewed program by fulfilling their General Education requirements with greater flexibility,” he wrote.

Claybaugh said in an interview Tuesday evening that the program’s progress is currently on track to launch next fall with brand new courses.

“Faculty are designing incredibly innovative cutting edge courses that are taking up questions that students are thinking about today, and it is really exciting to work with those faculty,” Claybaugh said.

—Staff writer Lucy Wang can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @lucyyloo22.

—Staff writer Luke W. Xu can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @duke_of_luke.

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