Place As Text Faculty Institutes

Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

NCHC Faculty Institutes are development opportunities for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. The City as Text™ experiential strategies of the Institute include reflective practices and projects adaptable to study abroad, service learning, student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops as well as honors courses in any discipline. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of the Institute.

What is City as Text™?

Sometimes called CAT, and broadened into Place as Text to encourage applications of this approach to active learning in various settings, City as Text™ refers to structured explorations of environments and ecosystems. Designed as on-going laboratories through which small teams investigate contested areas and issues in urban environments, or competing forces in natural ones, these exercises foster critical inquiry and integrative learning across disciplines. A mini-version of this approach is included at NCHC’s national conferences.

2018 Institutes

barcelona skyline

Negotiating Belonging:
Crossroads and Communities in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain | June 19-25, 2018


Silver Lake General Store

Yellowstone Border Towns:
Intersections of the Public and Private

Yellowstone National Park region | May 31 - June 5, 2018


Boston skyline

Uncovering Boston:
A City as Text™ Master Class

Boston, MA | November 4-8, 2018

Future Projects