The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM


The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM (CALAS) at Fayetteville State University works with faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to develop promising practices to provide students with the interdisciplinary combination of soft and technical skills. The CALAS Center focuses its efforts on providing tools, resources, and support to faculty within the STEM and Liberal Arts field to integrate soft and technical skills to prepare future STEM leaders and professionals.

Support and Resources

The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM (CALAS) offers training seminars and workshops to support faculty in modifying their coursework. At these training sessions faculty will learn about current literature and other faculty experiences with implementing best practices to promote student development of soft and technical skills. See below for more information on how to register for a training seminar or workshop.

Current work
Promoting Liberal Arts Skills

Improv to Promote Liberal Arts Skills

Mr. Joseph Kabbes is a professor in the Chemistry Department here at Fayetteville State University. Currently, he teaches UNIV 101/102 - Freshman Seminar I. This two-part year-long course introduces students to the overall university experience, that includes university history and policies; and development/improvement to reading and study skills.

Inspired by the MBA 590 - Improv and Leadership course at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Mr. Kabbes incorporates improvisation in his UNIV 101/102 course. He uses this improvisation technique to improve his student's oral and communication skills. After establishing a baseline by having his students deliver presentations, he then engages them in various improvisation exercises. At the end of the term, his students deliver their final presentation in which their oral/communication skills are evaluated. 

Artificial Intelligence to Promote Liberal Arts Skills

Dr. Yufang Bao is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science here at Fayetteville State University. Currently, she is developing an undergraduate course, STAT 210 - Basic Data Science with IBM Watson Studio.

Dr. Bao completed the IBM Skills Academy Artificial Intelligence training and certification program. The major objective of this course is to introduce data science with IBM Watson Studio to students. Upon completion of the course, students will improve critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal communication skills, and decision-making skills.