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CORE Faculty FAQ

How can I teach a Core curriculum course?

Complete a Core Course Proposal Form. The proposal will be reviewed by a faculty committee in one of the sub-areas. If approved, the proposal will be forwarded to the Core Curriculum Committee for review. If CCC approval is secured, the Registrar will notify the University Community by e-mail of approved courses, which will be available for review in the Proposals Published for Final Approval Review folder on the Core Curriculum site on Moodle for 15 days from the notification date. Approved courses standing without objection for the 15 day review period will be added to the Core. Click here for more information about the Core course proposal process.

To propose a new Social Justice and Diversity (SJD) course or to seek SJD designation for an existing Core course, please complete a SJD Proposal Form and the Core Course Proposal Form or Core Course Revision Form.

To propose a new Speaking Across the Curriculum course, please complete a Core Course Proposal Form and a SAC Proposal Form. 

To propose a new Indianapolis Community Requirement course, please complete a Core Course Proposal Form and an ICR Proposal Form.

The deadline for submitting proposals for spring courses is February 1 of preceding year.

The deadline for submitting proposals for summer or fall courses is October 1 of preceding year.

Where can I find the Speaking Across the Curriculum guidelines?

Where can I find the Writing Across the Curriculum guidelines?

What are the Social Justice and Diversity guidelines?

The Social Justice and Diversity (henceforth SJD) distribution has been added to the core curriculum.


SJD-designated courses must meet all three of the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize multiple and intersecting dimensions of identity and inequity through the study of critical scholarship on the historical, cultural, political, and/or social experiences of marginalized communities.
  2. Identify and explain the causes and impact of privilege, power, and oppression and cultivate tools for overcoming conflict and promoting equality.
  3. Recognize and critique local, national, or global conditions that enable, perpetuate and/or challenge social injustice and inequity.

A designator for courses of 3 credit hours or more, SJD courses may also fulfill other core curriculum requirements, such as FYS and ICR.


Completing one SJD course will become a graduation requirement for the next cohort of incoming students after a sufficient number of courses are available to meet student need.


How do I propose a Social Justice and Diversity course?

To propose a new Social Justice and Diversity (SJD) course or to seek SJD designation for an existing Core course, please complete a SJD proposal form and the Core Course Proposal Form or Core Course Revision Form. The course proposal form is also available on the Core curriculum Moodle site. Please note: The Advisory Committee has decided to limit the designation to traditional semester-length face-to-face courses for the present.


For more information

Please contact Robin L. Turner at

Where can I find information about Core Curriculum policies and procedures?

You can find policies and procedures in the Core Curriculum Operating Manual. 

This document contains updated information about the mission of each area, the constitution and duties of advisory committees and provides implementation information for both curriculum development and assessment. Information of special importance to advisors, including policies regarding exemptions, variances and transfer credits are also included.

What is the Core Curriculum Worksheet?

The Core Curriculum Worksheet is a tool that can be used when advising students about the Core Curriculum. 

Are there any exemptions for Core Curriculum requirements?

How does my advisee apply for a Core variance?

Your advisee will need to complete a Core Variance Form.  This form is only for courses taken at Butler.  Please use a Core Transfer Course Approval Form (found on the Registration and Records website) for courses taken elsewhere.

Is there funding available to help defray costs of special experiences for my students in one of my Core classes?

Yes, Course Enhancement Grants provide up to $200 toward a co-curricular experience for students relevant to the Core course. Download the application.

Which Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) do I fill out on my IDEA forms for Core courses?

View the list of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) for Core courses.

Where can I get feedback on SJD course ideas?

Jess Butler ( is an Instructor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and the First Year Seminar at Butler University, and also teaches courses in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.  Along with SJD mentor Dr. Terri Carney, Dr. Butler was a member of the Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault Subcommittee on Curricular Initiatives that developed the initial proposal for the Social Justice & Diversity designation. 
Dr. Butler’s teaching and research focuses on gender and racial inequality and U.S. popular culture.  She has presented at the meetings of the National Women’s Studies Association, American Sociological Association, and Midwest Sociological Association, published research in journals including Contexts and Feminist Formations, and is currently collaborating with Dean Jay Howard on a manuscript for Teaching Sociology that examines students’ views of learning in introductory sociology courses.  In 2013 she won a university-wide Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Southern California, and in 2015 was featured in the Association of College and University Educators’ filmed modules on effective teaching practices.  Last summer Dr. Butler co-facilitated the first annual summer pedagogy workshop for faculty to share expertise and experiences with integrating social justice and diversity in the classroom. 
She is faculty advisor for the Student Sociology & Criminology Association, co-advisor for the Stand Tall Project, a student group seeking to end campus sexual assault through feminist peer education, and founder and co-advisor for the Sociology & Center for Urban Ecology Research Internship, a collaborative internship with undergraduate sociology majors examining food justice programs and disparities in the Indianapolis metro area.  Jess likes to drink beer and sleep. 

Terri Carney ( is Professor of Spanish and former Chair of the department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures, and affiliate faculty of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at Butler University. Along with fellow SJD mentor Jess Butler, Dr. Carney was a member of the Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault Subcommittee on Curricular Initiatives that developed the initial proposal for the Social Justice & Diversity designation.  This proposal grew out of the work she did as a founding member the Collaborative for Critical Inquiry into Race, Gender, Sexuality and Class.
Dr. Carney is the former faculty leader of Butler's Women’s Caucus and a co-teacher and co-founder of Butler's Global and Historical Studies course Rights and Resistance: Global Women's Human Rights.  She has presented on many panels on academic issues of diversity, including National Women’s Studies Association conferences in Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, and Baltimore, and Feminism and Austerity conference in Nottingham, England. In addition to her research on contemporary Spanish literature, Dr. Carney has co-authored academic articles with Butler colleagues in Journal of Gender Studies and the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching. She has also published essays in the Journal for Latinos and Education and a special issue on Service Learning in Hispania. Terri likes to sit in coffee shops and think.


Robin L. Turner ( is Associate Professor of Political Science, affiliate faculty of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Science, Technology, Environment, and Society, and coordinator of the African Studies minor at Butler University, and visiting research associate of the Society, Work, and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witswatersrand in South Africa.  Her research examines how public policies shape local political economies, influence constructions of identity, and affect people’s behavior, and she has published articles in journals such as Journal of Modern African Studies, Development and Change, Africa Spectrum, and the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. 
Dr. Turner teaches courses that help students better understand the perspectives, experiences, and political strategies of historically marginalized people in Africa, the United States, and elsewhere in the world. She co-created the GHS 210 Freedom and Movement in the Transatlantic World with three Butler colleagues. Centered on the question, “What is freedom?,” this core curriculum course was developed with support from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.  Dr. Turner has facilitated diversity and inclusion-focused learning communities, published a book chapter on decolonial approaches to teaching American students about Africa, and serves as advisor for the Black Student Union. Robin likes to do yoga and eat chocolate. Her Spring 2018 office hours are Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 PM in Jordan Hall 347.