Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Leaders in Higher Education

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change prides itself on being leaders in innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. We developed the first Global Health undergraduate and graduate programs in the country and were early adopters and leaders in online education. With 8 graduate and 7 undergradue degree programs and certificates – offered in-person and virtual modalities – our agile and award-winning faculty are recognized for their dedication to providing high-quality education and experiences to all students.  

Cutting-Edge Student Research Training

Since 1998 our faculty and School have been dedicated to providing access for undergraduate students to get involved in research along-side our world-renowned faculty. 

With one of the largest undergraduate research programs, thousands of students have participated alongside our world-renowned faculty in various hands-on, research experiences, including research apprentices, in practicum courses, individually directed, and on study abroad programs.

Study Abroad and Field Schools

We are leaders in global education with over 15 years of providing various opportunities and sending over 1400 students to study abroad and participate in field schools.  

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed study abroad programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities, transect borders, and create lifelong memories alongside personal and professional growth. 

Research on Educational Initiatives

In addition to providing cutting-edge opportunities for students, we also research and publish how those experiences impact students and share what the best practices are for engaging students in and outside of the classroom.  

Recognized for teaching excellence across the University

President's Professors

This honor rewards enthusiasm and innovation in teaching, the ability to inspire original and creative work by students, mastery of subject matter, and scholarly contributions.

Centennial Professors

Awarded for outstanding leadership and instruction both within and beyond the classroom. The Centennial Professorship program seeks to encourage all faculty members to continue their innovative educational practices both in and outside the classroom.

Graduate College Outstanding Mentors

Mentoring is one of the central professional development pillars of graduate education. Every year, the Graduate College recognizes outstanding faculty members for their service to the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar communities through mentoring excellence, commitment to professional development and career advancement, and fostering inclusive, collaborative academic environments. 

Teaching that Reaches Beyond University Walls

Field-Defining Teaching Texts

SHESC faculty collaborate and create innovative and ground-breaking teaching texts adopted globally and defining fields of study.  

Teaching & Outreach

We are dedicated to creating ways to broadly engage the public in learning and reaching close to a million learners.   

Helping students thrive