Call for Proposals

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching Program Call for Proposals

ICT Call for Proposals


Arts Alive SDSU is inviting all faculty (including those with tenured, tenure-track, or lecturer appointments) interested in working in collaborative and interdisciplinary contexts to create progressive courses that combine artistic and scientific modes of learning. Course release time and small project budgets will be granted to selected faculty to collaborate with a colleague from a different academic area to combine pre-existing courses that have been modified to achieve interdisciplinary objectives. In Spring 2023, faculty awardees will receive three units of assigned time to develop an innovative course with a functional syllabus and detailed class outline for implementation in the 2022–2023 academic year. Selected faculty must participate in the course development process (which includes regular attendance at biweekly meetings and workshops) and must also commit to teaching the revised course for a minimum of two semesters.

Collaborative Course Logistics

Two faculty members from different academic areas in the arts and the humanities or sciences (e.g., Graphic Design/Biology, Theatre/Education, Music/Psychology, Dance/Engineering, etc.) will teach their respective course with the normal workload (WTUs) assigned to their section. Working together, the instructors will redesign their pre-existing courses to satisfy multiple learning outcomes that include an exploration of both artistic and scientific practices. Click here for examples of previous collaborations.  The two modified courses must officially be offered at the same time on the same day, but each will be assigned to their own location, which will allow the participating faculty to determine when the students from both classes will meet separately and when they will meet together. Each interdisciplinary course must include a culminating group project that students can produce in the form of a presentation, exhibition, performance, or some other type of public event.

Program Requirements

  • Each course must be co-created by two faculty members: one from a designated arts area and one from any program in the humanities or sciences.
  • Awardees will receive three units of assigned time for one semester in exchange for active course development and regular participation in scheduled program meetings and workshops.
  • Participating faculty must teach the course a minimum of two semesters, which requires the documented approval from the School Director or Department Chair.
  • Participating faculty must agree to contribute to the Arts Alive SDSU research agenda by assigning coursework that generates qualitative data documenting the impact of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • All courses must culminate in a public event (performance, presentation, exhibition, poster session, lecture, conference, etc.), the production of which will be supported by Arts Alive SDSU.

Application Process

The application form for the Arts Alive SDSU Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching Program includes the following:

  • A brief project description (not to exceed 500 words)
  • The name, email address, and phone number of each collaborating faculty member
  • The course number and name of the two pre-existing courses that will serve as the basis for the proposed collaboration
  • An application cover sheet (ICT Verification Form Hourly 2022 or ICT Verification Form T,TT,L 2022) that includes:
    • a signature from your Department Chair or School Director indicating approval of your proposal, willingness to release you from teaching in Spring 2023, and commitment to scheduling your course so that it aligns with the schedule of your teaching partner
    • an indication of which course you would like to be released from in Spring 2023, along with any special circumstances related to your release from this course

Applications are due (October 21, 2022)