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Lacroute Initiative for Advancing the Liberal Arts

Thanks to a generous donation from Linfield College Trustee Ronni Lacroute, Linfield is able to support the Lacroute Initiative for Advancing the Liberal Arts at Linfield College.

The Initiative is a three-year program (funded through June 30, 2022) and is a forum for enacting an interdisciplinary vision of learning, life, and community by:

  • Facilitating the exploration of multiple disciplines and their varied ways of knowing;
  • Integrating Linfield’s rich diversity of people, places, and perspectives;
  • Enabling practice of creative, collaborative solutions to complex problems;
  • Bridging intellectual life on Linfield’s rural and urban campuses;
  • Creating a central shared resource for effective teaching and learning; and,
  • Fostering interdisciplinary experimentation and innovation.


Request for Proposals

The initial call for proposals was sent out on Tuesday, January 14 from Dean of Faculty Jackson Miller. Spring 2020 proposals are due on Monday, February 17.

RFP Form and FAQ

Proposal idea generation and question drop-in events
Wednesday, January 15
2:00-4:00 p.m. in T.J. Day 218

Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Peterson Hall Lobby

Please email completed RFPs to lacrouteinitiative@linfield.edu.


Steering Committee

Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs
Pat Cottrell, Professor of Political Science and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts
Leonard Finkelman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts
Jamie Friedman, Assistant Professor of English and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts
Tom Mertes, Administrator
Jackson Miller, Dean of Faculty
Jennifer Williams, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts



The Lacroute Initiative supports local and national visitors in residence who contribute to the liberal arts through disciplinary and interdisciplinary programming.

Adleane Hunter, Director-in-Residence, Fall 2019



Location:   T.J. Day 218
Hours:       To be announced
Email:        tmertes@linfield.edu or lacrouteinitiative@linfield.edu