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AddRan College of Liberal Arts supports many initiatives to enhance the learning experience of our students.

To learn more, please contact Director of Development:
Matt Bethea at or 817-257-6187


Institute for Urban Living and Innovation

The Institute for Urban Living and Innovation explores the multifaceted human experience of living in urban environments using Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the North Texas region as an active learning laboratory. The Institute supports instructional, research, and service activities focused on topics such as smart growth, new urbanism, environmental and social sustainability, and quality of life issues in American cities.

Urbanization is a transformational process that is driving changes in where and how we live. The last 50 years has seen the dramatic growth of urban populations and cities. In 1900, there were 13 cities of more than one million residents worldwide. In 2000, that number had increased to 375, and by 2015 there will be 564 cities with populations of more than one million. The last 50 years has also seen the emergence of what are called megacities. Presently, there are some 20 megacities with populations of over 10 million worldwide. Globally, 2008 marked the first time in history with more than half of our population, or 3.4 billion people now living in urban areas.

Given these demographic and locational shifts, it is timely to examine and better understand the consequences of urbanization. The study of urban issues lends itself to interdisciplinary approaches and touches upon such topics as:

  • Public safety
  • Economic development
  • Sustainability
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Transportation
  • Religion
  • Parks and open space
  • Public finance
  • Housing
  • Environment quality
  • Education
  • Governance

The Institute for Urban Living and Innovation serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation between faculty and students in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts and the City of Fort Worth. The Institute also promotes curriculum development and research focused upon urban issues and problem-solving.

A minor in Urban Studies will enable students to take a series of courses addressing urban living and environments. Students have already had opportunities to participate in real world research projects dealing with locating a new fire and police training academy and identifying potential routes for a modern streetcar system.

The Institute for Urban Living and Innovation is guided by a steering committee comprised of community and civic leaders and faculty from the AddRan College of Liberal Arts.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Andrew Schoolmaster
Interim Director and Professor of Geography
Institute for Urban Living and Innovation
TCU Box 297200

Institute for Critical and Creative Expression (ICCE)

Mission Statement

The Institute for Critical and Creative Expression (ICCE) recognizes that effective expression, in a wide variety of forms, is key to achieving success in school, at work, and in the public sphere. The capacity to express one’s ideas effectively is especially important in the digital age when the means of communication change rapidly. To address the changing nature of expression, ICCE supports TCU students, faculty, and the community in the effective use of multiple modes of communication: words, images, sound, and movement. ICCE also supports innovation in critical and creative expression.

ICCE supports students in their production of multi-modal texts for academic and other purposes through
  • The New Media Writing Studio, an open lab currently housing 22 computers, 2 laser printers, a scanner, and advanced design software
  • Hands-on help with multimedia projects, including presentations, website design, and video production
  • Equipment that can be checked out: digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital audio recorders
ICCE supports faculty across the university in their teaching of effective multimodal expression by providing
  • A week-long summer workshop, run by a national expert in the field, that helps faculty devise assignments and courses that incorporate multimodal expression
  • Workshops throughout the year
  • Consultations on teaching or research activities that involve multimodal expression
  • A lab space for teaching
  • Assignment-related workshops for students
  • Membership in a community of colleagues from multiple disciplines interested in multimodal expression.
  • Equipment that can be checked out: digital cameras, digital video cameras, digital audio recorders
Future initiatives of ICCE
  • Student internships
  • Short courses and workshops for non-profit organizations and small businesses who want to learn more about maximizing their communication abilities
  • Awards for student and faculty initiatives in critical and creative expression
  • A website-based resource on multimodal expression for local teachers and other groups
  • Support research initiatives such as those sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (Digital Humanities Grants) and the MacArthur Foundation (Digital Media and Learning)
Carrie Leverenz
Director, Institute for Critical and Creative Expression
Professor, English Department
TCU Box 297270
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Center for Texas Studies

The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

Texas carries a rich heritage, unmatched elsewhere in the United States. The historic, cultural, geological and linguistic diversity that derives from the earliest Native American inhabitants, through the Spanish, French, Mexican and Republic eras and into the twenty-first century marks Texas not only as unique, but also as a model of how to celebrate the past, the present and the future. This abundance that makes Texas distinctive and Texans proud must be carefully preserved, shared and commemorated.

Gene A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History and Geography
TCU Box 297205
Fort Worth, TX 76129
87-257-7709 fax

Mary Volcansek, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Center for Texas Studies
Professor, Department of Political Science
TCU Box 297021
Fort Worth, TX 76129