Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Oakland University - Macomb County
44575 Garfield Road (Bldg. UC2, Suite 103)
Clinton Township, MI 48038
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What's New

What's New

Bill Newell

Mourning the loss of Bill Newell

Our cherished friend, colleague, and mentor, founder of AIS and its Executive Director for almost four decades, brilliant teacher and scholar, William H. Newell, died very recently after battling a long illness.

Beginning with its founding in 1979 and continuing for decades, Bill was the central driving force for AIS and, by extension, interdisciplinary studies in the United States. His exemplary record includes organizational and leadership accomplishments, grant seeking and acquisition to benefit interdisciplinary studies, workshops on the teaching of interdisciplinary studies, mentoring colleagues in the areas of teaching, research and scholarship, and service, encouraging and authoring scholarship on interdisciplinary studies, and serving as a consultant and external evaluator on interdisciplinary higher education. For more than three decades, he edited the Integrative Pathways newsletter, bringing the latest information about new books, interdisciplinary conferences, and new perspectives on interdisciplinary studies to members on a regular basis.

Bill's role within AIS helped to broaden the scope and applicability of interdisciplinary studies worldwide and deepen the understanding of interdisciplinary studies among colleagues, colleges, and universities, here and abroad.  He exhibited visionary leadership for the Board of Directors and cultivation of new members for the Board to bring in fresh ideas.  He provided AIS an institutional home at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for decades, where he was a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

May we all be inspired by Bill's legacy to AIS and grateful for all that he meant to us individually and collectively.  He will live on in our hearts and minds forever.

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) - Request for Proposals
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces its Fall 2019 request for proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research around emerging socio-environmental topics. We kindly ask that you explore the announcement (online at: and share this opportunity with colleagues and departments that are especially strong in your field. Deadline: September 16, 2019

SESYNC encourages proposals that synthesize data, develop and apply models, and couple quantitative and qualitative data/information in new ways. We are particularly interested in novel, actionable interdisciplinary research efforts that employ synthesis methodologies in new ways. SESYNC provides expertise in modeling, data analysis, database management and other technical support for teams that need assistance.

We encourage you to discuss your ideas with SESYNC prior to developing your proposal. Discussions with team leaders can help determine whether an idea is appropriate for SESYNC, and how syntheses might be structured to achieve strong interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary outcomes. Please contact our research manager ( with questions. Projects that bring together quantitative and qualitative data and knowledge are of special interest.

Please see our website for examples ( of successful projects. Our office sponsors travel, lodging, and meals for participants. All meetings are held at our facilities in Annapolis, MD.

Application deadline: September 16, 2019.

We have two other programs that feature opportunities:

We hope to hear from you!

Be part of the future of the association; renew your membership for 2019-20
We invite you to  renew your membership for 2019  and be part of the future of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. Please remember the new name when making a membership payment; all checks should be made payable to the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Integrative Pathways
Visit /ais/publications to view our  Integrative Pathways newsletter online (click on the 'Integrative Pathways Newsletter' tab, then 'Current and Past Issues of Newsletter').  Current members may e-mail for access information to the most recent issue.

Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies
Online access to the most recent  Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies (2018) is available for AIS members.  Current members may e-mail for access information.

In fall of 2018, a special volume of Issues was published to honor the work of William Newell. A special volume honoring the work of Julie Thompson Klein is scheduled for the fall of 2019. The content of this 2019 volume has already been determined.

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching conference
A call for papers is now open for the next Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching conference in the UK, hosted by Keele University. These events focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary teaching both in the UK and Europe. This is the fourth conference of this kind in the UK and highlights the appetite for the sharing of practice and theories surrounding interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Details on the conference can be found here. Contact for further information.

Join INTERDIS to engage in discussions about integration, interdisciplinarity
AIS members and non-members are welcome to subscribe to INTERDIS , an Internet discussion list. The list is designed to promote the free exchange of ideas and information about topics such as integration, synthesis, interdisciplinarity and changing disciplines of interest to interdisciplinary researchers, teachers, and students.

Job Postings
AIS posts free of charge job openings submitted to the  Jobs In Interdisciplinary Studies  section of the AIS Website. Positions must be in or related to interdisciplinary studies.   AIS provides these postings at no charge to institutions as a public service. Supporting (institutional) membership dollars help support this free service.

AIS announces "About Interdisciplinarity"
The Association is pleased to announce the launch of a website " About Interdisciplinarity ." This site is designed to provide an overview of the literature regarding key definitions, the history and philosophy of interdisciplinarity, and especially best practices for interdisciplinary research, teaching, administration, and public policy analysis. 
We hope to build the website over time, and would thus encourage all with an interest in interdisciplinarity to feel free to make suggestions regarding works or insights that deserve more attention, or indeed any way that the site might be improved. Please suggest other works that merit mention on the site. We are interested in all sorts off feedback, from brief emails to more extensive advice on how a particular topic might best be addressed. We are particularly interested in reports from individuals who have tried one or more of the best practices outlined.
Please send comments to

State of the Field
The 2013 volume of  Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies contains three "State of the Field" articles, by Bill Newell, Julie Thompson Klein, and Rick Szostak. These papers were originally presented at the 2011 AIS conference. Since these papers provide a useful overview of the present state of the field of interdisciplinary studies, we have decided to allow access to these three papers here.

Alpha Iota Sigma International Honor Society accepting applications for chapters
Institutional members of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies are eligible to form chapters in Alpha Iota Sigma International Honor Society . The mission of Alpha Iota Sigma is to recognize the academic scholarship and achievements of interdisciplinary students at the undergraduate level. Members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding scholarly achievements, community engagement, and leadership in solving complex problems.

Interested in hosting an AIS Conference? 
AIS has conference sites lined up through 2021, and we are interested in hearing from prospective hosts for future years. Any institutions that are interested in  hosting a conference should contact AIS Board Conference Coordinator Roslyn Schindler at

Help send student presenters to the AIS Conference
AIS welcomes donations in the amount of $200 to support travel grants for graduate students who have been accepted as presenters. To make a donation, please send a check or money order payable to Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Oakland University - Macomb, 44575 Garfield Rd., Bldg. UC2, Suite 103, Clinton Township, MI 48038, and note that it is a donation to Sponsor a Grad Student. General donations in other amounts to help support AIS programs are also welcome.

Follow @AISOrg on Twitter
You can now follow AIS on Twitter.  We also invite you to Tweet your ideas and suggestions to #AISorg.

AIS Website adds IMPACT, CITL's academic journal, to its Connections listings
IMPACT, the Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL), has been added to the Connections listings on the AIS Website. iMPACT 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.  Go>>

Environmental Psychology videos are new addition to Peer-reviewed Syllabi
Course lecture videos in Environmental Psychology by Daniel Stokols, University of California, Riverside, available free through ITunes U, have been added to the Peer-Reviewed Syllabi section of the AIS Website. It is the first fully online course included in the section. The web link can be found under Social Sciences in "A Collection of Interdisciplinary Syllabi." The course examines the transactions between people and their everyday socio-physical surroundings from an interdisciplinary perspective encompassing the behavioral sciences, urban design, landscape architecture, public policy, and public health. The course can be accessed through iTunes U using the free iTunes U app for mobile phone and iPad, or via a web link, which can be accessed in the syllabi section. The web link provides access to the set of lecture videos only, whereas the iTunes U app for mobile devices provides supplemental course materials such as lecture slides, study guides, class-related web links, class outline and syllabus. Faculty who wish to submit syllabus material for consideration for inclusion in the Peer-reviewed Syllabi section may contact Debra Parker, editor, at e-mail Information on  syllabi criteria can be found online.

DVDs of the Interdisciplinary Studies Today teleconference are available
AIS has a few DVDs still available of the teleconference Interdisciplinary Studies Today: Where Are We? which was presented to subscribing institutions in November 2005. AIS is offering the DVDs at the reduced price of $20 each. The teleconference featured a panel which included Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Wayne State University, and an internationally respected authority on interdisciplinary research, education, and problem solving; Carolyn Haynes, Director of the Honors and Scholars Program and Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning, Miami University; and AIS Executive Director William H. Newell, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University, and founding President of AIS. Please e-mail for further information and availability.

Julie Thompson Klein subject of HASTAC profile
Julie Thompson Klein, past president of the Association for Integrative Studies, has been profiled in an article on the  HASTAC website . She is a member of the Executive Board of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory).

AIS E-mail Address
Not sure who to contact regarding AIS? No problem! We have an e-mail address where you can direct all of your questions. Just send your inquiries to and they will be directed to the appropriate person.

This page was updated August 30, 2019.