Apryl Alexander

Clinical Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology


Kimberly Bender

Interim Associate Provost, Research


Cesar Herndandez Garcia

Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law


Marty Katz

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, Project X-ITE


Corinne Lengsfeld

Interim Provost


Lynn Schofield Clark

Professor and Chair, Media, Film and Journalism Studies, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Phil Strain

Professor, Morgridge College of Education


Barry Zink

Professor, Physics and Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Investing in cross-disciplinary, faculty-driven initiatives has always been the vision behind Knowledge Bridges. We have worked diligently to develop the “scaffold” upon which DU’s next generation of multidisciplinary activities can successfully develop. That “scaffold” includes granting mechanisms and thematic convenings:

Knowledge Bridge Incubator RFP:

Multidisciplinary faculty teams can now receive up to $100k/year for 3 years for problem-based research! Learn more about this opportunity through the Knowledge Bridges Incubator RFP. (Applications Now Closed)

During the IMAGINE DU process, we heard that faculty members are eager for an institutional mechanism that not only allows cross-school and interdisciplinary collaborations, but promotes and encourages those opportunities. This RFP, now the largest internal seed funding mechanism, is a result of those conversations and the implementation of DU IMPACT 2025.

Thank you to Shelly Smith-Acuna, Susan Schulten, Susan Korach and Corinne Lengsfeld for serving on the Knowledge Bridges Incubator working group and dedicating two years to the process that resulted in the RFP.

Thematic Convenings: 

Multiple groups across campus are creating events to gather faculty in a single place to share their expertise and interests, develop common or synergistic goals, and/or prepare them to compete successfully for funding.

DU Grand Challenge Forums: Leaders in scholarship and practice give lightening talks to provide a spark for small-group discussion among participants on how the topic impacts our communities. This, along with shared aspirations, provide the fuel for identifying bold actions that move the needle forward in addressing complex issues that affect our communities. Each year, the Forum series will highlight topics related to the interconnected issues that tie into improving daily living, increasing economic opportunity and advancing deliberation and action for the public good.

Forum Schedule

Faculty Pop Up Clubs:  Floating happy hours that engage faculty across campus, identifying themed research and curricular initiatives. These pop-ups are hosted by the Office of Academic Innovation. If you are interested in attending, please email Jess Neumann.