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.
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.
The application form for the Arts Alive SDSU Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching Program includes the following:
Applications are due (October 21, 2022)