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Second Triad unites psychology, kinesiology and modern languages

February 26, 2016

Early Wednesday morning, President Clarence Wyatt officially announced that the Global Public Health proposal had been selected as the second Triad. In 2014, Global Food Security was chosen as the first Triad. The Triad is an interdisciplinary project that brings together three different departments to focus on an issue of social importance.

During the first Triad under President Mauri Ditzler’s administration, food security was the selected proposal and implemented during the fall of 2015. The proposals during the first round involved the hiring of three individuals from different disciplines working together toward a common goal. The multidisciplinary study with food security utilizes three faculty members in economics, biology and anthropology/sociology.
For the second round of the Triad for Excellence Initiative, seven proposals were submitted by faculty members, significantly fewer than the 12 proposals submitted during the first round Triad in 2013.

The second Triad will bring together the psychology, kinesiology and the modern languages, literatures and cultures departments. These three departments will be focusing on and teaching courses related to Global Public Health.

“We started thinking about this topic a few years ago,” said psychology Department Chair Joan Wertz. “We settled on a topic of public health with the kinesiology department because we share a lot of the same students.”

Members of the committee for the second Triad are psychology Department Chairs Wertz and Marsha Dopheide, kinesiology department chair Sean Schumm and modern languages, literatures, and cultures Department Chair Tim Gaster and professor Keith Schaefer.

“There are a lot of health issues in the news right now such as the Zika virus, Ebola, vaccinations and AIDS,” said Wertz. “I see this as something that’s potentially of interest to our current students and our prospective students. How do we get involved with solving these problems? These are real, important issues going on in the world and if we can start to give people a little bit of background information about what kinds of things are involved in trying to deal with those particular issues, I hope we can address those somehow, or our graduates will help to address those issues.”

The second Triad is anticipated to be implemented in the fall of 2016.

Cristian Corbett
News Editor

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