Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

Fellowship (2010-11)

University of Washington Bothell

Official Program Description

The Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) provides an opportunity for a diverse cohort of 4-6 University of Washington doctoral students to develop their teaching skills in the context of an integrative interdisciplinary program that spans the arts and sciences. Project fellows work closely with faculty mentors in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program and create teaching portfolios that include evidence of their hands-on experience with theories and practices of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary pedagogy.

My Year as a PIP Fellow

As a PIP fellow during the 2010-11 academic year, I worked with theorist and artist, Ted Hiebert (my faculty mentor), as I designed and taught three new courses for the IAS Media and Communication Studies (MCS) emphasis:

BIS 205, “Technologies of Expression: Sound Reproduction Studies” (Autumn)

BIS 343, “Digital Media Workshop: Collaboration and Publication” (Winter)

BIS 397, “Topics in Science, Technology, and Society: Computers Aren’t Calculators” (Spring)

All courses blended media theory, history, and practice.

What I Learned

The PIP fellowship marked my first sustained teaching experience in a department outside of English. That said, I learned to translate the prompts, workshops, lesson plans, and modules I designed for writing-intensive courses into new media learning climates, often with drastic changes. I also discovered that teaching interdisciplinary methods enriched my own research and writing. Working with Ted Hiebert gave me the chance as well to learn more about an artist’s perspective on media and communication studies.

(The top image on the left is a screen shot of the PIP site (referenced above) for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at University of Washington, Bothell. The bottom two images are screen shots of the BIS 205 course site and blog, which I designed.)