Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
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Connections and Consultants

Connections and Consultants

Interdisciplinary
Connections
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

"The Quality of U.S. Degrees: Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions" is the theme of the 2013 Annual AAC&U conference, scheduled for January 23-26 in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline for proposals is July 16, 2012."Modeling Equity; Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning" is the theme of the AAC&U conference October 18-20, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. "Next Generation STEM Learning: Investgate, Innovate, Inspire" is the theme for a Network for Academic Renewal conference, planned in concert with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), November 8-10, 2012, in Kansas City, MIssouri. "General Education and Assessment: A Sea Change in Student Learning" is the theme for a Network for Academic Renewal conference, scheduled February 28-March , 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts. More information can be found on the AAC&U Website.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS (pronounced "Triple-A-S") is a nonprofit professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence across all disciplines, and to the public's understanding of science and technology. AAAS is among the oldest societies in America, having been founded in Philadelphia in 1848. This website provides links to the full text of the journal Science, as well as a hypertext list of affiliated organizations. AAAS will hold its 2013 annual meeting February 14-18 in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme is "The Beauty and Benefits of Science." More information can be found on the AAAS Website.

ASIANetwork

ASIANetwork is a consortium of over 170 North American colleges striving to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts and interdisciplinary education to help prepare a new generation of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies are playing more and more prominent roles. The 2013 ASIANetwork conference will be April 12-14 in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Belmont University. The theme will be "Global Asia.' The deadline to submit proposals is August 16, 2012.

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) is an international organization of over 125 institutional members that share a common interest in graduate-level liberal education primarily serving adult, part-time students. The AGLSP, founded in 1975, represents a broad selection of American higher education -- from small liberal arts colleges to large, research-oriented universities in the public and private sectors. The member list is extensive and links you directly to a long list of institutions (and their websites) with master's in liberal studies programs."The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change" is the theme of the 2012 conference scheduled for October 18-20 in Portland, Oregon. The Reed College Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is the host. More information can be found on the AGLSP Website.

Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS)

Composed of faculty and administrators from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions in higher education, the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) is a group of friendly people who believe in the positive impact that an effective general education/liberal studies program can have on students' personal and professional lives. "Degree Completion: The Critical Role of General and Liberal Studies" is the theme for the 2012 national conference September 20-22 in Portland, Oregon. More information can be found on the AGLS Website.

Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID)

CSID conducts research into the theory and practice of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. Interdisciplinary centers focused on a particular theme or problem are ubiquitous, but there is no other center within the American academy dedicated to developing the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity.

Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning

The Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning is a growing network of distinguished, progressive higher education institutions. CIEL shares a common goal: to advance innovations in student learning. Faculty members share ideas among faculty in the network, broadening their resources for teaching, curriculum development, assessment, and research. Students present their academic work in the online student journal and at annual symposia. Students also participate in exchanges at CIEL member campuses or in study abroad programs offered through the network. CIEL also engages in outreach to the higher education community to share best practices in place among the CIEL institutions.

The Creative Research Center (CRC)

The Creative Research Center (CRC) is a born-digital, dynamic, nimble, open-source, collaborative space -- a Web forum to stimulate, reinvigorate, promote and publicize Very Large-Scale Conversations. While the CRC lives in the College of the Arts of Montclair State University, the arts are not the sole proprietors of imaginative thinking. The reason-for-being of the Creative Research Center, thus, is to inspire discussion of shared commonalities of imagination and creativity across all fields of knowledge, including (but not exclusively) the expressive arts.

Eco League

Eco League colleges offer semester exchange programs that allow students of one school to study at another, giving them access to ecosystems throughout the nation. The member colleges include: Alaska Pacific University, College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, Northland College, and Prescott College. These small liberal arts institutions all share similar missions and value systems based on environmental responsibility, social change, and educating students to build a sustainable future, and all have strong environmental learning programs that stress experiential education, so students are prepared to take on real-world challenges when they graduate.

General and Interdisciplinary Scholarly Societies

The University of Waterloo Electronic Library Scholarly Societies Project has been created to facilitate access to information about scholarly societies across the world. Societies are listed alphabetically and by subject area. A set of essays shows how societies began as meeting sponsors and publishers, then took on bibliographic work, interacted with commercial publishers, and now have begun to tackle the current crisis in scholarly publishing. Suggestions are provided for creating an effective society website.

HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory

HASTAC is a consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, and engineers, of leading researchers and nonprofit research institutions, committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology. Its mission is two-fold: to ensure that humanistic and humane considerations are never far removed from technological advances; and to push education and learning to the forefront of digital innovation. The HASTAC network consists of more than 80 institutions located principally in the U.S. and reaches over 30,000 people worldwide. Click here for a profile of Julie Thompson Klein on the HASTAC Website.

The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit interdisciplinary bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to explore fundamental and emerging questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment.

The Hodges' Health Career Model

The Hodges' Health Career Model is based on a descriptive model of the structure of nursing curriculum. The website aims to use the model to bring together health and social care, informatics, practitioners, patients, their families, and their care-givers. The developers envision the model being used by multidisciplinary health care teams, faculty, patients, advocates and policy makers. The website shows the relations of subject domains, and provides multiple related links.

Holistic Education Network of Tasmania, Australia

While its definition of "transdisciplinary" may strike many AIS members as close to what they mean by "interdisciplinary," this site sponsored by the Holistic Education Network of Tasmania, Australia, has useful links to European as well as Australian, Canadian, and U.S. websites. Take a look in particular at the "Charter of Transdisciplinarity" from the First World Congress of Transdisciplinarity for its vision of a "transdisciplinary" world.

Humanities Education and Research Association

The Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) is a professional organization for humanities teachers, scholars, and museum directors. It publishes a newsletter three times per year and a refereed scholarly journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, two times per year. HERA will hold its 2013 annual conference March 21-23 in Houston, Texas. "Sacred Sites, Secular Spaces: Scenes, Sounds, and Signs in the Humanistic, Artistic, and Technological Culture" will be the theme. More information can be found on the HERA Website.

IMPACT: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning

IMPACT, the peer-reviewed, bi-annual online journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL), publishes scholarly and creative non-fiction essays about the theory, practice and assessment of interdisciplinary education. It also publishes essays that explore compelling connections between the ideas of great thinkers from different disciplines and different times. Its website includes information on submission guidelines.

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities

IATH is at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Its goal is to explore and expand the potential of information technology as a tool for humanities research. To that end, it provides consulting, technical support, applications programming, and networked publishing facilities. It also cultivates partnerships and participates in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and others interested in the intersection of computers and cultural heritage. This vigorous website provides some state-of -the-art thinking about hypertext, as well as advanced imaging software programs and excellent links within UV and beyond.

Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S)

I2S is a new discipline providing concepts and methods for conducting research on complex, real-world problems. It supports researchers (I2S specialists) who contribute to cross-disciplinary teams tackling challenging social and environmental problems. The I2S website is the portal to a rich array of resources of interest to interdisciplinarians. These include the I2S News; a growing bibliography including works on interdisciplinary studies and related fields you are unlikely to encounter outside Australia; I2S publications including journal articles, book chapters, reports, presentations, and books (most of which may be downloaded electronically without charge); repositories of case studies, conferences, links to professional associations and networks, current projects, and online courses for professional development or graduate credit. The I2S-sponsored books are on the topics of dialogue methods, knowledge brokering, and uncertainly.

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship

The National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program educates U.S. PhD scientists, engineers, and educators with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become in their own careers the leaders and creative agents for change. It works to create innovative new models for graduate education and foster collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate greater diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged science and engineering workforce.

Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion

A report on Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion: Guidance for Individuals and Institutions, was released in 2007 by the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) as the first comprehensive how-to-guide, providing best practices for each stage of a scholar's career. It addresses issues faced by both faculty and research scientists, raising points for consideration and providing recommendations with examples. The resource is designed to help guide individuals, as well as institutions, in fostering and promoting interdisciplinary scholars throughout their career. Click here for a supplemental presentation by Stephanie Pfirman, one of the report's authors. A second edition of the report was completed in October 2011 and is available for a fee from the NCSE; click here for more information. Pfirman and Paula Martin, another author of the report, also wrote a chapter on "Facilitating Interdisciplinary Scholars" in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Interdisciplinary Research Centers

This site links to a Hybrid Vigor final report to the National Science Foundation on interdisciplinary research centers: "A Multi-Method Analysis of the Social and Technical Conditions for Interdisciplinary Collaborations" by Diana Rhoten, principal investigator, September 2003.

Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research Group

This group was set up in 2005 to explore all facets of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. This includes investigating the student experience, examining the ways in which institutions encourage or discourage cross-disciplinary collaboration (in teaching), exploring how subject centers can support staff teaching on interdisciplinary programs and supporting staff who do not have an obvious subject center home. The page is part of the Higher Education Academy website and includes links to publications and projects.

International Network for Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity (INIT)

INIT seeks to provide an international platform for discussion and promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, teaching, and policy. INIT will inventory existing understandings, facilitate and enhance communication, and stimulate new research. The network was formed at a meeting in New York City, attended by representatives from the US-based Association for Integrative Studies (AIS), the European-based Transdisciplinarity-Net (td-net), and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID) at the University of North Texas. Organizers envision INIT as facilitating communication and collaborative work among organizations, institutions, and individuals that view ID and TD as a vibrant way to respond to the challenges of 21st century society. The inaugural symposium was held in Utrecht, Netherlands, in June 2011. For more information on the symposium, click here.

Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA)

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) is an international nonprofit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and emerging technologies. ISEA publishes a newsletter; hosts an online archive and exchange environment and oversees the International Symposium on Electronic Art, a regular gathering of the international art, science and technology community. ISEA will hold its 2012 symposium in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 19-24, 2012. The 2012 theme will be "Machine Wilderness: Re-envisioning Art. Technology, and Nature." More information can be found on the ISEA Website.

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue. This journal highlights interdisciplinary, faith-informed reading, research, writing, book reviews, theme-oriented courses and seminars.

Journal of Research Practice

JRP is an international refereed journal with a transdisciplinary focus, available in the open access mode, i.e., available free of charge to the readers. The journal is supported by a consortium of institutions drawn from different parts of the world. It is produced electronically and hosted on the Web by Athabasca University Press (AU Press). In 2007 (Vol. 3, Issue 2) the journal published a special issue: "On Beyond Interdisciplinarity."

KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time

Since 1966, the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) has been providing a framework for an interdisciplinary dialogue about the nature of time. KronoScope, edited by an international board of scholars, carries forward the work of ISST. It offers a forum for the cross-fertilization of scholarly and scientific study about the nature of time as seen from a range of perspectives and disciplines. As a journal, it can accommodate the expanding concerns of the global community in search of understanding and meaning. KronoScope invites critical contributions from all disciplines.

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is an informal national alliance of individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to strengthening undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. PKAL's site maintains information about faculty, facilities, curriculum, and both national and institutional issues in the math, science, engineering, and technology education disciplines. In 2011, PKAL published What Works in Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning in Science and Mathematics , the executive summary from the KECK/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project, which is available from AAC&U Publications by clicking here. PKAL will hold Summer Leadership Institutes for STEM Faculty July 17-22 and July 31-August 5, 2012, in Crestone, Colorado. More information can be found on the PKAL Website.

Quadrant

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and developed in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School, Quadrant is a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in interdisciplinary scholarly publishing, and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a catalyst and incubator of research and discussion across disciplinary boundaries. Quadrant provides tools for scholars to pursue interdisciplinary work and offers a new, more collaborative model of scholarly research and publication. Four interdisciplinary research and publication groups provide the intellectual foundation of Quadrant: Design, Architecture, and Culture; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. The groups are made up of faculty from across the university as well as scholars from around the world who are invited to participate in this initiative. Quadrant provides the administrative and financial support for these groups to hold public lectures, workshops, and, as appropriate, colloquia, panel discussions, or round-tables. In addition, the Press provides editorial support to group members, including fellows and visiting scholars who are developing book projects that may be considered for the Quadrant book imprint.

Science of Team Science (SciTS)

The emerging science of team science (SciTS) field encompasses both conceptual and methodological strategies aimed at understanding and enhancing the processes and outcomes of collaborative team science. The SciTS field focuses on understanding and enhancing the antecedent conditions, collaborative processes, and outcomes associated with team science initiatives, including their scientific discoveries, educational outcomes, and translations of research findings into new practices, patents, products, technical advances, and policies. The 2013 annual conference is scheduled for April 29-May 2.

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)

The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts(SLSA) fosters the multi-disciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine, and technology.. The SLSA 2012 conference will be Sept. 27-30 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference theme will be non-human. More information can be found on the SLSA Website.

Society for Values in Higher Education

The Society for Values in Higher Education is an interdisciplinary association committed to promoting citizenship, socially responsible values, and intellectual exchange. "Imagination and Compassion in HIgher Education" will be the theme of the 2012 conference, which will be at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, August 1-5. More information can be found on the SVHE Website.

td-net

The Network for Transdisciplinary Renewal, td-net, is a project of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Transdisciplinarity implies that open access is granted to scientific information to the larger public. Often, however, it is also necessary to look into socially-relevant problems in an interdisciplinary manner and to develop effective strategies for politics, economy and society. For this purpose extensive space- and time-dependent processes of different scales need to be investigated (systems knowledge) and the related problems of controlling and the possibilities of forming and structuring (knowledge of transformation) have to be evaluated. The transdisciplinary-network was established to further and improve the arrangement of such transdisciplinary projects on the basis of exchange of expertise and insights.

University Studies

The University Studies Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a transdisciplinary faculty development program facilitating the exploration of disciplinary boundaries and providing for the expression of faculty excellence through a wide range of interdisciplinary activities. The program offers faculty development workshops, a listing of interdisciplinary courses, colloquia and lectures on interdisciplinary issues, and awards for faculty who engage in interdisciplinarity. The website contains sections on publications on interdisciplinarity, as well as resources related to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship initiatives.

Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Established in 1985, the Washington Center (The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington) emphasizes collaborative, low-cost, highly effective approaches to educational reform. The center works with faculty, staff, and administrators at regional and national levels to support student engagement and academic achievement, particularly for students underrepresented in higher education. The website has links to publications and projects that promote interdisciplinary learning, curricular integration, and educational equity. The Washington Center has information on these upcoming events:: the 14th Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities, July 9-13, 2012, at The Evergreen State College; The Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Retreat, October 17-19, 2012, Hartford, Connecticut; and the 19th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Faculty Development Network Conference, October 18-20, Orlando, Florida. More information can be found on the Washington Center Website.

The World Lecture Hall (WLH)

The WLH links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials. For example, you will find course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, and so on. The site is inclusive: expect to roam for a while. This site is managed by "Teamweb" at the University of Texas, Austin. WLH is organized by subject and includes areas such as liberal studies, cultural studies, and women's studies.
Consultants
The following members are available to serve as consultants on interdisciplinary studies. These individuals are listed as a service to institutions seeking assistance; they are not agents or representatives of AIS, but simply AIS members who have completed a training workshop and observed an actual consultancy by a seasoned consultant. Beyond that, institutions seeking consultants will be encouraged to look over the qualifications listed below and contact institutions served for references.

For more specific information on these consultants, contact Bill Newell, newellwh@miamioh.edu.

P. Sven Arvidson
Associate Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Faculty Development
Founding Director of the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars
Seattle University
901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA, USA 98144
Arvidson@seattleu.edu

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

  • At Seattle University, authored interdisciplinary program review (as director) in 2015 with Dr. William Newell as external reviewer, and consulted on review of same program in 2009
  • Consult confidentially with faculty and teams from all schools and colleges for the Center of Faculty Development at Seattle University (since 2008) - including Nursing, Law, Business, Education, Theology, Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Board Member, Center for Faculty Development, Seattle University
  • Consulted on Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics, Teagle Foundation Grant (2015) on Ethics and Business in the Curriculum
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
  • Curriculum Revision at Mount St. Joseph University (Curriculum Task Force, 1996-1998)

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Rationale and Development
  • Faculty Development (one-on-one teaching support for faculty, including interpreting student ratings, student incivility, rubrics, deep-learning, assignment construction, student engagement, how to conduct discussions, classroom observations)
  • General or Core Education Programs
  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching
  • Self-Studies and Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • E-Portfolios

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1990
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1985
  • M.A. in Phenomenological Psychology, Duquesne University, 1981
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology, San Diego State University, 2001

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Philosophy and Cognitive Science
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methodology
  • Phenomenological Psychology
  • Liberal Arts Pedagogy
  • Aesthetics and Art Criticism

3.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Seattle University, since 2010
  • Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, since 2012
  • Founding Coordinator, Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars, since 2009
  • Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Faculty Development, since 2008
  • Executive Committee Member, College of Arts and Sciences, since 2010

4.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)

  • Jesuit Catholic Universities, Georgetown and Seattle Universities
  • Private Catholic Universities, Mount St. Joseph and Duquesne Universities
  • State Honors College, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Simeon Dreyfuss
Independent Interdisciplinary Scholar
Facilitator, Oregon Humanities
Former Associate Professor, Chair Interdisciplinary Studies, Director Liberal Arts
CoreMarylhurst University, Marylhurst Oregon
503-349-9740 |  simeon@simeondreyfuss.net

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

  • Program design, assessment, designed, taught, trained other faculty, for all core courses in BA Interdisciplinary Studies, both online and face to face, Marylhurst University, 1998-2015. Oversaw curricular development for specialized concentrations in Sustainability Studies, Preparatory Art Therapy, and Media and Film Studies. IDS was the largest non-business degree at Marylhurst by headcount.
  • Design, assessment, and oversight of outcomes-based general education program, including all core courses, both face to face and online, Marylhurst University, 1999-2014.

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • Interdisciplinary program, curriculum, and course design
  • Individualized student degrees
  • General education
  • Outcomes based programs
  • Entering student and capstone courses
  • Online learning
  • Adult and non-traditional learners
  • Prior learning assessment
  • Service learning
  • Portfolios and e-portfolios
  • Faculty development
  • Assessment and self-study

3.  Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

  • All stages: exploration, pilot, implementation, review and evaluation

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • Co-editor Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014-Present
  • New York University MA English, Creative Writing (1988)
  • Fairhaven College, BA Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, concentrations in literature, writing, philosophy (1982)

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Interdisciplinary pedagogy
  • Team teaching (supervised Integrated Learning Modules: variable-credit, team-taught, theme-focused courses which deliver multiple learning outcomes across disciplines taught online; development funded by Sloan Foundation).
  • Environmental writing
  • Facilitating community conversations about difficult topics, currently focused on fostering intergenerational communities.

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching

  • Interdisciplinary course development
  • Administration of interdisciplinary programs and curriculum
  • Teaching college composition and creative writing
  • Practices for mentoring and advising adult learners
  • Prior learning assessment
  • Fostering collaborative inquiry

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Facilitator, Oregon Humanities
  • Chair Interdisciplinary Studies, Marylhurst University
  • Director Liberal Arts Core, Marylhurst University
  • Lead Faculty and Coordinator Prior Learning Assessment, Marylhurst University
  • Chair or co-chair of numerous core faculty and university committees, Marylhurst University
  • Senior Field Associate and Trainer, National Helper's Network. (Training and technical assistance with middle schools starting service learning programs. Conference presentations, advocacy for service learning programs in governmental and educational bodies. Identifying and documenting model programs.)

5.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)

  • Primarily adult-focused private liberal arts

Pauline D. Gagnon
Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, Georgia, 30118
(678) 839-4876 |  pgagnon@westga.edu

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

  • University of North Texas - External Program Review (MS/MA Interdisciplinary Studies) - 2016.
  • Chadron State College – Consultant and Workshop Leader (IDS General Education) – 2012.
  • Western Kentucky University – Consultant and Workshop Leader for University College – 2009.
  • Keene State College – Consultant and Workshop Leader (General Education) – 2008.
  • The University of Illinois Springfield – Consultant and Workshop Leader (General Education and Honors) – 2008.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Consultant and Workshop Leader (Honors Program) – 2007.
  • Rutgers University at Newark – Consultant and Workshop Leader (Theatre/Art/Music) – 2005.
  • Kennesaw State University – Consultant –IDS Faculty Development – 2004.
  • University of South Dakota – Consultant and Workshop Leader (General Education – IDEA Program) – 2002.
  • Georgia College and State University – Consultant – (Core Curriculum) – 1996.

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • General Education; Administration; Faculty Development; Assessment and Self-Study; Course and Syllabus Design.

3.  Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

  • Pilot; Implementation of courses and curriculum and Assessment/Evaluation.

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • University of Michigan Ph.D in Performance (primarily Directing); A.M. in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism.
  • Areas of Teaching and Research: Dramatic Writing and Criticism, Performance (Introductory and Upper Level), Directing, Integrative Arts.

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Legal Studies (with specific focus on Arts Law)
  • Free Speech and Arts
  • Women's Studies
  • Oral and Technological Communication
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Computer Mediated Communication

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching

  • Team-teaching, Interdisciplinary course development, Administration of Interdisciplinary Curriculum

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Interim Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Professor of Theatre
  • Chair of Theatre
  • Chair of Mass Communications and Theatre
  • Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Assistant/Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Director of Theatre

5.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)

  • Public – Comprehensive University
  • Public – Liberal Arts

Carolyn Haynes
Director, Honors and Scholars Program
Professor, Department of English
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056 
(513) 529-2021 |  haynesca@muohio.edu

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

Consulted on interdisciplinary teaching and learning at the following institutions:

  • Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
  • University of Michigan, Flint
  • Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio
  • Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
  • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
  • Ohio Dominican University, Columbus
  • University of Southern Illinois, Edwardsville
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Southern Maine, Portland
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Southampton College at Long Island University, Southampton, New York

Conducted interdisciplinary program reviews at:

  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Interdisciplinary PhD Program
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, General Education Program
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, multiple programs including the interdisciplinary ones
  • University of Washington, Bothell
  • Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights
  • Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  • Yeshiva College, New York, New York
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Drury University, Springfield, Missouri

Conducted university accreditations at:

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
  • University of Wisconsin, Superior
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Writing Across the Curriculum Programs
  • General Education Programs
  • General Accreditation and Self-Study
  • Learning Communities

3.  Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

  • I have been involved in all stages of development from brainstorming and exploration to evaluation for accreditation.

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • PhD in Literature and Composition, University of California, San Diego
  • BA in English and French, Rice University
  • Research: interdisciplinary theory and teaching, writing across the curriculum
  • Training: ten years of teaching in interdisciplinary programs
  • Professional experience: Honors Program Director, Director of Writing Center

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Interdisciplinary studies, Honors education, Women’s Studies, American Studies

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching)

  • Writing instruction, team teaching, innovative approaches to teaching, administration of general education and honors programs

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Honors and Scholars Program Director, Director of Writing Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

5.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)


Machiel Keestra
Assistant Professor, Natural and Social Sciences Program and Interdisciplinary Honors Program
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www.uva.nl/en/profile/m.keestra
m.keestra@uva.nl

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

3.  Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

2013: on-site visit of Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland; dept. of Applied Arts; BA program. Evaluation of interdisciplinary courses; exploration and evaluation of (interdisciplinary) curriculum and assessment procedures. 

2013: Meeting of 'European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities’ in Hannover. Exploration and informal evaluation of research funding program, the interdisciplinary nature of the program, advising on future development. 

2014: participation as off-site consultant in external review of Seattle University, its Liberal Studies Program.  Evaluation of program -both nature and output-, advising on administration and management, policy and program development. 

2014: consultation of University of Amsterdam, BA program Politicology, psychology, law, economics (first cohort 2014-15). Evaluation of proposed interdisciplinary curriculum and assessment procedures; advising regarding proposed assessment policy and instruments, and Examinations board. 

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience):

Propedeutics in Psychology; MSc. in Philosophy; PhD in Philosophy/Cognitive Neuroscience

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science):

Cognitive neuroscience; Philosophy of Science; Human Action Studies

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching):

Lecturing; Seminar teaching; Team teaching; Interdisciplinary research supervision (bachelor & master’s level); (interdisciplinary) Honors teaching

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director):

Tenured assistant professor; Examinations board chair; Curriculum development committee member; Coach of junior faculty members; coordinator of university interdisciplinary honors program (in the past).

5.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university):

University of Amsterdam is a large research university (Times Higher Edu. ranking 2014 # 77; QS World university ranking 2014 # 50); its Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies is a small and independent interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Science with very good accreditation results for its interdisciplinary bachelor and master programs.


Daniel Larner
Professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies 
Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9118 
Phone:360-319-2454 (cell), 360-650-4908 (office). Fax: 360-650-3677
E-mail: daniel.larner@wwu.edu
 


Consulting/External Evaluating Experience:

1. Which institutions and programs?

  • On-site external reviewer for the BA and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, October/November 2016
  • One of two external reviewers, evaluating the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at Walden University, Minneapolis, June 30-July 1, 2014.
  • Formative review of the General Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Indiana, South Bend, January-March 2014.
  • Taught the annual day-long workshop on thesis topic construction and interdisciplinary research to the students of the Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Oregon State University, February 2, 2013.
  • Chosen by the University of Washington to serve as a member of the external program evaluation team for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Tacoma, February-March, 2006.
  • Member of Writing Accountability Group, Western Washington University, and consultant on writing methods and programs to the group, 2000-present
  • Numerous production consultancies with high school and community theatre programs, 1988-2002.
  • Consultant to David Houk, owner of the Pasadena Playhouse, regarding the re-establishment of the Pasadena Playhouse School as an arts conservatory and playwriting laboratory, 1988-89.
  • Consultant to the administration, faculty and trustees of Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND, May 23-24, 1988.
  • Consultant to R.F. McCann, Theatre Architects.  Projects in Sarasota, Seattle, San Jose, San Diego, Los Angeles and Pasadena, including both new theatres and adaptive re-use of existing facilities, 1986-.
  • Organized and Led first national meeting on Cooperative/Non-Competitive Programs, American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, March 3, 1987
  • Member, original Planning Committee, Washington Association for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, Evergreen State College, 1984-6 (?).
  • One of the founders of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Western Washington University, 1976.  Authored first structural documents and planning documents for the new college.

2. Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • Interdisciplinary program evaluation, administration, and faculty development; cooperative/collaborative methods in the classroom; building interdisciplinary programs and individualized student degrees; integrating the arts into interdisciplinary programs; writing across the curriculum; effective writing instruction; building science curricula in a liberal arts context.

3. Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

Background:

1. Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • A.B. Harvard College (History and Science), 1960
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin (History of Science), 1962
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Speech [Drama]), 1968.
  • Playwright and theatre scholar.  Published widely in journals, in US and abroad, on dramatic criticism, tragedy and comedy in contemporary forms, metaphor in drama, justice and drama (in law journals).  Plays published  and produced for stage and television.

2. Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Interdisciplinary arts (created I.A. program for the College of Fine and Performing arts, Western Washington University, in 1977);  teaching arts and sciences in a liberal arts context to non-artists and non-scientists;  critical studies in the arts;  mythology and religion.

3. Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching)

  • Working with administration on academic planning, policy and program, including budgets and capital planning.
  • Interdisciplinary program administration; team teaching;  collaborative/cooperative teaching methods;  teaching writing (scholarly, creative) to discouraged writers; teaching arts and sciences to non-artists and non-scientists;

4. Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Vice President (2008-09), President (2009-10), Faculty Senate, Western Washington University.
  • Dean, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, 1982-1989.
  • Acting Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Western Washington University, 1980-81.
  • Director of Graduate Study, Department of Theatre and Dance,  WWU, 1976-82.
  • Head, Playwriting Program, and Founding Artistic Director, The New Playwrights' Theatre,  Department of Theatre and Dance, WWU, 1973-82.

5. Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)

  • Mostly at comprehensive state university, but have also taught at St. John’s College, Annapolis, and consulted at community colleges.

Bill Newell

Executive Director, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
Emeritus Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
Western Program, Miami University
(513) 821-4565 | newellwh@miamioh.edu

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

  • April, 2016. IDST Program, Naropa University. Boulding, Colorado.
  • February, 2015. IS Program. Plymouth State University. Plymouth, New Hampshire.
  • January, 2015. MALS and IS Programs. DePaul University. Chicago, Illinois. 
  • April 2014. Liberal Studies Program. Seattle University. Seattle, Washington.
  • October 2013. Center for Curriculum Redesign. OECD, Paris, France.
  • March 2013. Georgia Tech. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • November 2012, August 2008, March 2004. ASPECT Program, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • September 2012. Adrian College.
  • February 2012. SUNY-Potsdam. Potsdam, New York.
  • June 2011. Chadron State College. Chadron, Nebraska.
  • August 2010. Schreiner University. Kerrville, Texas.
  • August 2010. Ohio Wesleyan University. Delaware, Ohio.
  • April 2010. Graduate students colloquium. Kent State University. Kent, Ohio.
  • August 2008. Laureate University. Baltimore, Maryland.
  • May 2008. Project and Research Summit, Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • November 2007. University of Michigan, Flint. Flint, Michigan.
  • October 2007. BIS program. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
  • September 2007. ASPECT doctoral program, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • February 2007. Faculty of Culture and Communication. University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta
  • November 2006. University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma.
  • September 2006. McDaniel College. Westminster, Maryland.
  • November 2005. Live North American telecast/webcast sponsored by AIS. Columbia, South Carolina.
  • October 2005. AAC&U Conference on Integrative Learning, pre-conference workshop. Denver, Colorado.
  • September 2005. Wabash College. Crawfordsville, Indiana.
  • November 2004. The College of New Jersey. Ewing, New Jersey.
  • September 2004. University of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • August 2004. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, Maryland.
  • May 2004, July, June, and April 2003. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
  • March 2004. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • February 2004. Guilford College. Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • December 2003. Southampton College, Long Island University. Southampton, New York.
  • August 2003. Grand Valley State University. Allendale, Michigan.
  • July, June, and April, 2003. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
  • June 2003. Lake Erie College. Painesville, Ohio.
  • May 2003, March 2002, February 1998, January1997. Johnson C. Smith University. Charlotte, NC.
  • April 2003. Fairmont State College of West Virginia. Fairmont, West Virginia.
  • April 2003. North Carolina State University. Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • April 2002. Fairleigh Dickinson University. Teaneck-Hackensack, New Jersey.
  • November and September 2002. The College of Mount St. Joseph. Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • May 2002. University of Illinois at Springfield. Springfield, Illinois.
  • May 2002. The College of Wooster. Wooster, Ohio.
  • March 2002. University of South Dakota. Vermillion, South Dakota.
  • January 2002. Kutztown University. Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
  • August 2001. Shippensburg University. Shippensburg, Pennsylvanaia.
  • August 2001. Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • October 2000. Webster University. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • May 2000. Truman State University. Kirksville, Missouri.
  • February 2000. Brandeis University. Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • August 1999. Muskingum College. New Concord, Ohio.
  • April 1999. Auckland Institute of Technology. Auckland, New Zealand
  • March 1999. University of Central Florida. Orlando, Florida.
  • December, June 1998, and January 1997. University of the Virgin Islands. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
  • September 1998. Concordia College. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • October 1997 and February 1987. Utah Valley State [Community] College. Orem, Utah.
  • October 1997. St. Mary of the Woods College. Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • December 1996. Northern Kentucky University. Highland Heights, Kentucky.
  • November 1996. Georgia College and State University. Milledgeville, Georgia.
  • September 1996. SUNY College at Fredonia. Fredonia, New York.
  • March 1996. Central Missouri State University. Warrensburg, Missouri.
  • October 1995. Montclair State University. Montclair, New Jersey.
  • October 1995. Elon College [University]. Elon, North Carolina.
  • May 1995. Concordia University. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • April 1995. University of Missouri, Kansas City. Kansas City, Missouri.
  • March 1995. Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • January 1995. Lock Haven University. Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
  • AY1994-5. Scholar-Practitioner in Residence. University of La Verne. La Verne, CA.
  • September 1994. Indiana University, Kokomo. Kokomo, Indiana.
  • August 1994. Metropolitan State University. St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • June 1994 and February, 1992. Otterbein College. Westerville, Ohio.
  • June 1994 and June 1993. Asheville Institute on General Education. Asheville, NC.
  • April 1994. University of Wisconsin System. Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • June 1993. Franklin Pierce College. Rindge, New Hampshire.
  • December 1991. Knox College. Galesburg, Illinois.
  • August 1991. High Point College [University]. High Point, North Carolina.
  • May 1991. James Madison University. Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • April 1990, October 1988, and AY1987-88. Shawnee State University. Portsmouth, Ohio.
  • November 1989. William Jewell College. Liberty, Missouri.
  • October 1989. University of Toledo. Toledo, Ohio.
  • April 1989. California Polytechnic University. Pomona, California.
  • April 1989. University of Nebraska. Omaha, Nebraska.
  • March 1989 and October 1987. Monmouth College [University]. West Long Branch, New Jersey.
  • November 1988. Yale University. New Haven, Connecticut.
  • August 1988. Mount Saint Clare College. Clinton, Iowa.
  • May-June 1988 and April 1985. Watauga College, Appalachian State University. Boone, NC.
  • April 1988. Glassboro State College [Rowan College of New Jersey]. Glassboro, New Jersey.
  • June 1987. Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • January 1987. Keuka College. Keuka Park, New York.
  • May 1986 and June 1985. Bethune-Cookman Col1ege. Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • External Evaluator of Interdisciplinary Programs
  • February 2001. Great Basin College. Elko, Nevada.
  • September 1998. Concordia College. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • January 1998. University of the Virgin Islands. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
  • August 1996 and November 1995. ISIS Program. University of Maine. Orono, Maine.
  • July 1995. AGLSP/NEH Faculty Development Institute. Chicago, Illinois.
  • August 1994. Social Science Program. Metropolitan State University. St. Paul, Minnesota
  • February 1990. Liberal Studies Program, Stockton State College. Pomona, New Jersey.
  • November 1989. Foundations Program,Wi11iam Jewel1 Col1ege. Liberty, Missouri.
  • April 1989. Weekend College [Interdisciplinary Studies] Program, Wayne State University. Detroit, Michigan.
  • November 1988. Chair, Evaluation Team for Interdisciplinary Programs, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.
  • November 1988. Monmouth College [University]. West Long Branch, New Jersey.
  • April 1988. All-University Core Curriculum, University of Hartford. Hartford, CT.
  • December 1987. Core Curriculum, Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • February 1987. Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University. Rohnert Park, CA.
  • April 1979. Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, St. Cloud State University. St. Cloud, MN.

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Economics. 1971. Doctoral Dissertation: Population Change & Agricultural Development in Nineteenth Century France.
  • A.B. Amherst College. Amherst, Massachusetts. Philosophy. 1965

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Interdisciplinary social science, interdisciplinary theory

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching)

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and course development, interdisciplinary pedagogy

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

        Professional Activities:

  • International Network for Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity. Founding member. Steering Committee, June 2011.
  • Association for Integrative Studies: Executive Director since 1992. Secretary-Treasurer, 1983-1991. Board of Directors since 1980. Editorial Board, Issues in Integrative Studies since 1986. Editor, Integrative Pathways (AIS Newsletter), since 1983. Nominating Committee since 1980. Representative of AIS on national tour of interdisciplinary programs, fall 1982. Founding President, 1979-80.
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA); Executive Committee of the Section on Complexity and Network Studies (CNS), 2006-2008.
  • Oxford University Press, Editorial Board for Oxford Dictionary of Interdisciplinarity. 2007-2008.

        Employment:

  • 1992-1998: Director, Institute in Integrative Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • The Institute provides key faculty members from colleges and universities planning interdisciplinary liberal education courses with six months of feedback on draft syllabi, readings on interdisciplinarity, and a summer workshop providing training in interdisciplinary curriculum development and pedagogy, so they can create and teach their own interdisciplinary courses and then assist their colleagues in designing and teaching such courses.
  • 1983-2012: Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Program, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • 1977-1983: Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University (tenure granted, 1979).
  • 1974-1977: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University.
  • 1970-1974: Assistant Professor of Economics and Tutor in Social Science, St. Olaf College and the Paracollege, Northfield, Minnesota.
  • 1969-1970: Instructor in Economics, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

       Books:

  • Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, February, 2011. (Co-editor with Allen Repko and Rick Szostak).
  • Interdisciplinarity: Essays from the Literature. New York: The College Board, 1998. (Editor).
  • Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Programs: A Directory. Oxford, Ohio: Association for Integrative Studies, 1986.

Ria van der Lecq
Retired Associate Professor and Program Director Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
riavanderlecq@gmail.com

Consulting/External Evaluating Experience

1.  Which institutions and programs?

  • University College Utrecht (Liberal Arts and Sciences honors program) - Consultant and Workshop Leader (Interdisciplinary curriculum- and course design, Faculty development, Interdisciplinary research process)
  • Utrecht University, Graduate Honors Program - Workshop Interdisciplinary Research Process
  • Utrecht University, Undergraduate Honors Program - Workshop Interdisciplinary research process.
  • Utrecht University, PPE-bachelor program - Consultant curriculum design
  • Free University of Amsterdam, Center of Excellence in University Teaching - Workshop 'Diversity in Interdisciplinary Context'.

2.  Nature of issues addressed (e.g., general education, majors, administration, faculty development, assessment, self-study)?

  • Interdisciplinary pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum- and course design
  • Reflection and e-portfolio
  • Faculty development

3.  Stages of development (e.g., exploration and rationale, pilot, implementation, expansion, evaluation)

  • Exploration, implementation

Background

1.  Disciplinary expertise (e.g., degrees, training, teaching/research experience)

  • MA in Classical Studies, Leiden University (1976)
  • PhD in Philosophy, Utrecht University (1983)
  • Research: Medieval philosophy (artes liberales), Self-authorship characteristics of students in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Training: professional training in educational and academic leadership
  • Professional experience: 35 years of teaching in higher education, 10 years in an interdisciplinary program, as curriculum developer and program leader

2.  Interdisciplinary areas (e.g., fields such as women's studies, subjects such as environmental studies, areas such as social science)

  • Interdisciplinary studies, Teaching and learning, Liberal arts, History of Philosophy

3.  Skills (e.g., teaching composition, computer conferencing, team-teaching

  • Teaching interdisciplinary classes, curriculum design, faculty development, innovative approaches to teaching, quality assurance.

4.  Positions (e.g., lead faculty, Associate Provost, program director)

  • Program director Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS-NL), Director of School Liberal Arts, Teaching Fellow Utrecht University.

5.  Institutional experience (e.g., private liberal arts college, church-related university)

  • Utrecht University (http://www.uu.nl/en) is a large research university in The Netherlands. LAS-NL is one of its larger programs.
  • Utrecht University College (UCU) was the first university college in the Netherlands. It offers an international three-year bachelor honors program in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Research Consultant

Rick Szostak (Professor of Economics, University of Alberta, AIS President 2011-14), has provided advice on interdisciplinary research process to research groups as diverse as evolutionary/developmental evolution and applied physical activity. He is willing to consult with research groups or speak at conferences or workshops in any field. For a list of his own publications and details on his own research, visit https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/rick-szostak/