TI Courses

Keynote address at the 2023 Engineering and Liberal Education (ELE) Symposium

Keynote address at the 2023 Engineering and Liberal Education (ELE) Symposium

First year engineering design projects

Student design projects from the first year course Exploring Engineering

AY 23-24 Templeton Institute Courses

Prof. Jennifer Currey delivers the annual STS lecture as part of STS-101

Prof. Jennifer Currey (Biomedical Engineering) delivers the annual STS Fall term lecture as part of STS-101

STS-101-01: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

This course introduces students to the range of methodologies, epistemologies, topics, and concerns central to the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS). How do scientific and technological concepts develop, take root, and evolve? What range of roles do scientists and engineers play as they interact and intersect with broader societies? How might scientific and technological practice and theory affect public planning and discourse? What are the social, political, anthropological, moral, religious, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of technoscience’s complex roles in human cultures and societies? These are some of the fundamental questions that we will explore together in this survey course, which is a team-taught class offered by four of Union College’s faculty members. During Fall term 2023, the course was lead by Prof. Andrew Burkett (English), Prof. Sohini Chattopadhyay (History), Prof. Angela Commito (Classics), and Prof. Nick Webb (Computer Science). Prof. Jennifer Currey (Biomedical Engineering) served as the annual STS guest lecturer for the course.

Prof. Angela Commito (Classics) and Prof. Jennifer Currey (Biomedical Engineering) discuss feminist technologies at the annual STS Fall lecture, delivered by Prof. Currey

Prof. Angela Commito (Classics) and Prof. Jennifer Currey (Biomedical Engineering) discuss feminist technologies at the annual STS Fall lecture, delivered by Prof. Currey

STS-101 fulfills the Global Challenges (GC) Area of Inquiry and the Cultural and Historical Foundations (CHF) and Engineering, Technology, and Society (ETS) Perspectives of the new General Education curriculum. Through key texts, case studies, and approaches, the course examines contemporary and emerging societal issues presented by developments in technology and science, while also probing the historical, philosophical, and theoretical backgrounds and trajectories of such global challenges. Students gain an historical perspective on contemporary beliefs and practices related to science and technology studies. The course also explores how technological and scientific developments are culturally embedded and have varied impacts on different societies, communities, and individuals. Students analyze the origins of technological solutions, how they work, and how they interact with human societies, shape scientific methods, and influence human interactions with the environment. Additionally, students understand the engineering design process and intentional and unintentional consequences of such topics and areas as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with hands-on exercises. STS-101 is now offered annually each Fall term by multiple faculty members from across the College’s four divisions, with at least two faculty always present in the classroom.

Call for AY 24-25 Templeton Institute Courses

The Templeton Institute (TI) is excited to announce its continued support of TI courses. The TI plans to support 2-3 courses during AY 24-25. These can be courses that currently exist and meet the guidelines or that can be modified to meet them. Alternatively, these may be new courses that satisfy the TI guidelines.


  1. To qualify, the course should align with the TI mission: "The Institute catalyzes learning through a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration within and across engineering, computer science, and traditional liberal arts disciplines. Its mission is to enable connections, experimentation, innovation, and discovery through integrative coursework, projects, and research."

  2. Courses should address contemporary and emerging societal challenges.

  3. Preference will be given to courses that could be offered again in the future.

  4. Faculty interested in teaching a TI course should prepare a proposal that includes a syllabus with a course description and learning objectives that reflect the mission of the TI. The proposal must also include details of plans for longevity of the course as well as the expectations regarding students’ prior experience and academic background necessary for enrolling in the course.

  5. Please send course proposals to templeton@union.edu by Jan. 15 2024.


  • Stipend for new course $1,500 per faculty
  • Modifying existing course $750 per faculty
  • Full teaching credit for each faculty when the class is team-taught
  • Funding up to $500 for external speakers


Those proposals that align well with the new General Education curriculum will be more favorably considered.

Meetings with faculty teaching TI classes in AY 23-24 (i.e, STS-101) are strongly encouraged.

Team-taught classes are strongly encouraged and will be given higher priority; however, classes that are not team taught will also be considered. Proposers are invited to contact TI Co-directors Ashok Ramasubramanian and Andrew Burkett with their ideas.