Welcome to EPIC!

Published: September 12, 2017

Hello, stranger! We are happy to welcome you to the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) Program website and, more importantly to this blog. EPIC, a partnership between the UCLA Division of Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on the art of teaching in the Humanities disciplines and their ever-changing landscape ion the 21st century. As we help to establish new paradigms for teaching pedagogy for both faculty and graduate students, EPIC also strives for continuous excellence in inclusion and diversity. Throughout its five-year span, EPIC focuses on achieving the following long-term goals:

  • Create an infrastructure that drives continual pedagogical improvement among faculty
  • Prepare graduate students to leverage humanities training for greater career success within and beyond academia
  • Engage undergraduates in innovative learning environments that demonstrate the value of a humanities education

Located on North Campus, the original UCLA campus core, EPIC aims to develop pedagogical resources that address the dynamic needs of our students. By collaborating with the departments and programs within the Division of Humanities and the Department of History, we provide faculty and graduate students tools and resources for sustained excellence in teaching and help to facilitate a cultural change across the humanities disciplines at UCLA.

In the upcoming years, this blog will feature news, happenings, and developments within the EPIC program, feature faculty and graduate student profiles and dig deeper into various research topics relevant to humanities in pedagogy. Stay tuned!

The view from Hedrick Hall, looking east across the campus to downtown Los Angeles. Janss Steps lead up the hill to Royce Hall and Powell Library, two of UCLA’s original buildings (1929).