Council on Liberal Education

The Council on Liberal Education has oversight responsibilities for the University of Minnesota Liberal Education Curriculum for all undergraduate students on the Twin Cities campus.

The Council on Liberal Education is composed of faculty and student representatives (both undergraduate and graduate/professional); members of the academic staff may also be appointed. The Council is charged to:

  • review and approve or disapprove all proposals for courses designated for the Diversified Core and Designated Themes of Liberal Education Curriculum.
  • formulate the procedures for 1) proposing courses to be added to, and 2) deleting courses from, the Diversified Core and Designated Themes of Liberal Education Curriculum.
  • establish and regularly review the criteria for courses which will be considered for designation for the Diversified Core and Designated Themes of Liberal Education Curriculum.
  • regularly review for their effectiveness the liberal education requirements.
  • advise the Provost on implementation of recommendations concerning liberal education requirements.
  • foster continuing discussion among the faculty about issues of liberal and undergraduate education.
  • recommend to the Faculty Consultative Committee such actions or policies it deems appropriate.

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Kathryn Pearson 
Political Science│ [email protected] │ Term: 2014-2019, 2020-present (chair)

Faculty Representatives

Mary Benner 
Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship │ [email protected] │ Term: 2020-present

Tom Fisher 
Metropolitan Design │ [email protected] │ Term: 2020-present

David Fox (on sabbatical 2023-2024)
Earth Science │ [email protected] │ Term: 2015-2016, 2017-present 
on sabbatical 2023-2024

Andrew Gallia (on sabbatical 2023-2024)
History │ [email protected] │ Term: 2020-present 
on sabbatical 2023-2024

Gayle Golden 
Journalism │ [email protected] │ Term: 2020-present

Amy Lee 
Writing │ [email protected] │ Term: 2021-present

Peter Mercer-Taylor 
Music │ [email protected] │ Term: 2011, 2012-2014, 2020-present

Michael Minta 
Political Science │ [email protected] │ Term: 2020-present

Duane Nykamp 
Mathematics | [email protected] | Term 2023-present

Melissa Palmer 
Animal Science │ [email protected] │ Term: 2016-present

Emily Pelton 
Chemistry | [email protected] | Term 2023-present

Jole Shackelford 
History of Medicine │ [email protected] │ Term: 2013-present

Sue Staats 
Curriculum and Instruction |  [email protected] | Term 2023-present

Deena Wassenberg 
Biology Teaching and Learning │ [email protected] │ Term: 2015-present


Katie Russell 
Undergraduate Education │ [email protected]

Berne Christiansen 
Undergraduate Education │ [email protected]

Leslie Schiff 
Associate Dean for the University Curriculum │ [email protected]

Meeting Schedule

Fall 2024

  • September 19 (Submission deadline September 5)
  • October 17 (Submission deadline October 3)
  • November 14 (Submission deadline October 31)
  • December 12 (Submission deadline November 27)