Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell

The Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation

2013-2014 Fellowship Opportunity

Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013



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

Prior to the start of autumn quarter, PIP fellows will participate with their faculty mentors in a day-long workshop focused on interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary course design and pedagogy. During the autumn, winter, and spring quarters, each fellow will teach one interdisciplinary course (totaling three) in an area related to his or her teaching and research interests, while engaging in quarterly workshops with the other students in the cohort and continuing to work closely with mentors. Further teaching opportunities during the 2014-2015 academic year may also become available.


Project fellows will be compensated at the appropriate annual Graduate Student Service

Appointment rate, including tuition waivers, and will receive an additional stipend of $750 for their participation in the early fall and quarterly workshops.


 Applicants should be advanced to doctoral candidacy in their academic program at the time of appointment (September 2013) and have at least one year of teaching experience.  We encourage applications from any doctoral student with a serious interest in interdisciplinary pedagogy and research. We also strongly encourage applicants with an interest in the theory and practice of community-based learning and/or service-learning course design.

How to Apply

Please email the following application materials as MS Word or PDF files (please, no zip files) to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013.

1)      Cover letter of no more than 500 words outlining your pedagogical experience and research interests, and how they prepare you for teaching in the IAS program. Please include your name, mailing address, primary telephone, email address, department or program, date of advancement to doctoral candidacy, and advisor’s name in the top right corner of your letter.

2)      A detailed proposal or syllabus for an interdisciplinary course you have taught or would like to teach.

3)      Curriculum Vitae.

4)      One letter of support from a UW faculty member familiar with your pedagogy and research. This letter may be written by your advisor, but does not need to be.  This letter should be emailed directly to by the recommender with your name in the subject line.


Finalists will be interviewed on campus, with notification of acceptance by March 8, 2013.

Further Questions

 If you have questions about PIP, contact the 2013-14 Co-Directors Bruce Burgett ( or Martha Groom (

For information about IAS: For information about PIP:


2012-2013 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Damarys Espinoza (Cultural Anthropology) and mentor Julie Shayne; David Giles (Sociocultural Anthropology) and mentor Crispin Thurlow; Carolina Gómez-Posada (Biology) and mentor Santiago Lopez; Alice Pederson (English) and mentor Camille Walsh; Kellie Wills (Educational Psychology) and mentor Andrea Stone.  Jed Murr (English) second-Year PIP graduate student mentor.

2011-2012 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Robertson Allen (Anthropology) and mentor Crispin Thurlow; Carrie Lanza (Social Welfare) and mentor Kari Lerum; Rachel Mitchell (Department of Forest Resouces) and mentor Dave Stokes; Jed Murr (English) and mentor Ben Gardner; Nicole Torres (Anthropology) and mentor Leslie Ashbaugh. Simón Trujillo (English) second year PIP graduate student mentor.

2010-2011 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Amy Bhatt (Women Studies) and mentor Diane Gillespie; Madhavi Murty (Communication) and mentor Ron Krabill; Jentery Sayers (English) and mentor Ted Hiebert; Simón Tujillo (English) and mentor David Goldstein; Sally Warner (Physical Oceanography) and mentor Rob Turner.  Sam Yum (Anthropology) second-year PIP graduate student mentor.

 2009-2010 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Kristin Gustafson (Communication) and mentor Constantin Behler; Sydney Lewis (English) and mentor Kari Lerum; Amoshaun Toft (Communication) and mentor Susan Harewood; Ta X. Trang (Anthropology) and mentor Martha Groom; Bryan White (Neurobiology) and mentor Marc Servetnick. Tim Jones (Political Science) second-year PIP graduate student mentor.

 2008-2009 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Tami Blumenfield (Anthropology) and mentor Diane Gillespie; Caren Crandell (Forest Resources) and mentor Bill Seaburg; Erica Gunn (Chemistry) and mentor Becca Price; Tim Jones (Political Science) and mentor Colin Danby; Fernanda Oyarzun (Biology) and mentor Cinnamon Hillyard; Sam Yum (Anthropology) and mentor Linda Watts. Shauna Carlisle (Social Work) second-year PIP graduate student mentor.

 2007-2008 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Shauna Carlisle (Social Work) and mentor Elizabeth Thomas; Amy Lambert (Forest Resources) and mentor Linda Watts; Kevin Ramsey (Geography) and mentor Ron Krabill; Rebeca Rivera (Anthropology) and mentor Warren Gold; Stephanie Scopelitis (Education) and mentor Jeanne Heuving.

 2006-2007 PIP Fellows and IAS Mentors: Melanie Kill (English) and mentor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren; Georgia Roberts (English) and mentor Ron Krabill; Jeanette Sanchez (Theater History and Criticism) and mentor Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren; Matt Sneddon (History) and mentor Linda Watts; Sarah Starkweather (Geography) and mentor Colin Danby.

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