Thanks to a very generous gift, Williams is launching a Design Thinking pilot, to be spearheaded by a three-year, Design Thinker in Residence position (DTiR). The DTiR will be a resource for faculty, staff and students who would like to learn more about and engage design thinking. For faculty in particular, they will be a hands-on resource for planning courses, assignments, and creative approaches to original research. The position represents institutional interest in promoting creativity as a core component of the college educational mission for the campus community as a whole.
Design Thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving, has been emerging at Williams for a number of years (see DesignWilliamsATimeline), and facilitated in great part by the interest of students as well as faculty and staff partners in Art, CLiA, Mathematics, and WCMA.
With its evolution from grassroots initiative to a more formalized pilot, we are excited to launch more robust programming and work in the 2017-2018 academic year.