I am applying to the New Directions Initiative to fund study of sustainable space design and organizational systems. Because I have recently made the transition from faculty to full-time administration, I am being pushed in new directions that lead well beyond my focus in early American pragmatism and philosophy of religion. Perhaps the greatest challenge in my work thus far has been thinking more broadly than I have in the past about the ways in which colleges like ours create physical and social environments for student engagement and learning. The centerpiece of my project would be participation in the Design Thinking Bootcamp: From Insights to Innovation through the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University July 10-12, 2013. The Bootcamp seeks to teach executives and professionals to use "Design Thinking," a method in which the human user of products, technology, or services is kept at the forefront. My goal in attending the Bootcamp is to further my knowledge of design thinking and apply it to both renovation of our student space on the garden level of Stockwell Library, where our Office of Career Development will be housed, and to the initiation of a program in sustainable design, through which our students would engage in entrepreneurial thinking around the theme of sustainability. Further, I would hope to gain an understanding of design thinking that could apply to faculty development, new faculty orientation and training, student academic concerns, curricular implementation and assessment, and other organizational responsibilities.