Saturday, November 12

Concurrent Session 5 - 8:30 - 9:30 am

Bennett Valley

Pedagogies of the Distressed: Interdisciplinarity and the Great Afterburn

Theme: 

Presented by: Jennifer Dellner

Format: Round Table, 30 minutes

Abstract: Though for many, 2021-2022 brought some version of a return to campus, it is in the current academic year of 2022-2023 of less cautious campuses and diminishing extra support that long term shifts in student learning, practices of scholarship, and co-curricular life have begun to
emerge, and remote and hybrid courses are finding new and uneasy places in the curriculum. This interactive session will examine interdisciplinary practices of teaching and scholarship as potential structures of pedagogies of care, liberation, and “radical hope” (Gannon). In this time
of program cuts and budget slashing, teaching and course design embedded in practices and theories of interdisciplinarity may offer more to learning and teaching in the great afterburn than may be apparent to ourselves, our colleagues, or our institutions. This session offers a framework
and space to begin to articulate in concrete terms what practitioners and scholars of interdisciplinarity have to offer as we shape our work in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Ballroom: The Future of Universities and the Role of Interdisciplinary

Do we need more toolkits for interdisciplinarity? Creating a federated knowledge bank of interdisciplinary tools and methods

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presented by:  Bethany Laursen,  Sibylle Studer; Machiel Keestra

Format:  Round Table or Panel Discussion, 30 minutes

Abstract:  Does interdisciplinary studies need new structures for its tools and methods to rise to the challenges of the 21st century? The Global Alliance of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (ITD Alliance) Toolkits & Methods Working Group will lead this roundtable to probe the feasibility of a federated knowledge bank, bridging the ITD and AIS international communities.

Resources:

https://itd-alliance.org/working-groups/toolkits_methods/

Knowledge bank article: Bammer, G., O’Rourke, M., O’Connell, D., Neuhauser, L., Midgley, G., Klein, J. T., Grigg, N. J., Gadlin, H., Elsum, I. R., Bursztyn, M., Fulton, E. A., Pohl, C., Smithson, M., Vilsmaier, U., Bergmann, M., Jaeger, J., Merkx, F., Baptista, B. V., Burgman, M. A., … Richardson, G. P. (2020). Expertise in research integration and implementation for tackling complex problems: when is it needed, where can it be found and how can it be strengthened? Palgrave Communications, 6(5), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-019-0380-0

Russian Valley: Spaces and Places

Place as setting, inspiration, partnership: The roles of place in an interdisciplinary, experiential undergraduate course model

Theme:  Spaces and Places: Saving the Planet and its Inhabitants

Presented by:  Ellie Louson

Format:  Workshop, 60 minutes

Abstract:  This workshop engages participants in exploring the many affordances of place and space as an innovative component of interdisciplinary, experiential courses. After presenting the framework and describing our pilot, participants will develop approaches to interdisciplinary courses, using powerful place-based learning for students as a solution to the siloed university.

Sonoma Valley: Variety Room

Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Central Florida

Theme:  Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion

Presented by:  Leah Tonnette Gaines,  Sharon Woodill, Devon Cadwell Bazata, and Danielle Maya Eadens

Format:  Round Table or Panel Discussion, 30 minutes

Abstract:  This presentation will discuss the ways that University of Central Florida’s Interdisciplinary Studies centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in coursework, curriculum, and programming. Specifically, we will unveil the development of a new IDS track, two new Diversity Studies Leadership programs, study away initiatives, and Integrative General Studies asynchronous online learning.

Administrative Processes and Strategic Leadership in Building the Interdisciplinary Sustainability and Coastal Resilience Major at Coastal Carolina University

Theme:  Steering the Ship through the Storm: University and Interdisciplinary Leadership in Times of Crisis

Presented by:  Megan McIlreavy

Format:  Poster, 15 minutes

Abstract:  Our poster will outline the administrative processes and strategic leadership that was necessary for instituting the Sustainability and Coastal Resilience major at CCU. We will describe the support and challenges that we experienced, a current status update, and the detail of two other university-wide initiatives that resulted from our efforts.

Dry Creek Valley: The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Breaking Our Own Boundaries: Using Theories of Identity Reflexively to Understand the Relationship between Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presented by:  Michael A Lange

Format:  Paper, 15 minutes

Abstract:  If we understand academic identities as just that – identities – we can apply cultural theories of identity to disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, to come to understand the layers and textures involved in some of the most wicked problems that arise when we as individuals, as departments, as faculties, try to be interdisciplinarians.

Wicked learning: Inhabiting uncertainty with students in a wicked problems “Data and Society” course

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presented by:  Daryl Lee

Format: Paper, 15 minutes

Abstract:  We describe a wicked problems course drawing upon inquiry-driven pedagogy and collaborative design practices to immerse students into an unscripted exploration centered on data and society. Students became deeply engaged in their role in the production of knowledge, invested in their agency as learners, and enthusiastic in sharing their research.

Towards more inclusive and global investigative fields: An analysis of collaborative investigative journalism across the U.S.-Mexico border

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presented by:  Kirsi Cheas

Format: Paper, 15 minutes

Abstract:  My presentation focuses on collaborative investigative journalism across the U.S.-Mexico border. I provide audiovisual examples of rigorous approaches developed by Central American, Mexican and U.S. investigative journalists and how their work is enriching and democratizing the work of inter- and transdisciplinary academic researchers across the region.

Concurrent Session 6 - 9:45 - 11:00 am

Bennett Valley: Spaces and Places

The Wit & Wisdom of Kenneth Boulding: A 20th Century Renaissance Man with Insights for the 21st

Theme:  Spaces and Places: Saving the Planet and its Inhabitants

Presenter:  Debora Hammond

Format:  Round Table, 30 minutes

Abstract:  In the spirit of honoring our ancestors, the presentation will document the wide-ranging work of Kenneth Boulding, provide examples of the ways in which it has influenced scholars across the disciplinary spectrum, and discuss how it is still relevant in our own time. As a quaker, he was uncompromising in his opposition to war, leading one of the earliest teach-ins on the Vietnam War. He is widely acknowledged for his contributions in the fields of Peace and Conflict Studies, Ecological Economics, and Systems Theory, among many others. There will be times for questions, as well as personal reflections from audience members who may be familiar with his work.

Moving beyond lip-service: identifying barriers to integration of the social and physical sciences in conservation and climate-change response

Theme:  Spaces and Places: Saving the Planet and its Inhabitants

Presenter:  Allison Ford, Casey Hemphill, Manuel Oliva, Libby Porzig

Format:  Round Table or Panel Discussion, 30 minutes

Abstract:  Despite increasing recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of our most pressing environmental challenges, including climate change and biodiversity loss, social science disciplines remain insufficiently integrated into conservation and natural resource management. This interdisciplinary panel asks, what are the barriers to bringing social scientists into work on climate change and conservation?

Ballroom: Being in the Room Where It Happens

Octavia Butler Unbound: Reimagining the Parable of the Sower through Intergenerational, Multimodal Literary Response

Theme:  Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion

Presenter:  Fawn Canady

Format:  Creative Showcase, 60 minutes

Abstract:   Come prepared to participate in an interactive, multisensory experience of a text using Erick Gordon’s Literacy Unbound methods. This session explores human resilience and enduring learning experiences related to climate refugees with Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. First, the presentation showcases how high school teachers and students came together to re-imagine reading and analyze challenging, classic texts through embodied experiences. Then, conference attendees will participate in a demonstration of Literacy Unbound methods to physically experience the characters’ movements in the world of the novel.

Russian Valley: Steering the Ship through the Storm

Interdisciplinarity in practice: design and implementation of a hybrid learning space

Theme:  Steering the Ship through the Storm: University and Interdisciplinary Leadership in Times of Crisis

Presenter:  Noah Millman

Format:  Solution Room, 30 minutes

Abstract:  PPLE College (Politics, Psychology, Law, & Economics) was created to help students look at the world combining knowledge of an interdisciplinary foundation alongside a focused major. During the pandemic our focus shifted to more project based work, and a hybrid classroom. We will also highlight a new digital/in-person mentor programme.

Sonoma Valley: The Future of Universities and the Role of Interdisciplinary

Concept mapping for integration of general education knowledge

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presenter:  Rianne van Lambalgen

Format:  Paper with interactive elements, 30 minutes

Abstract:  This presentation discusses how concept mapping can be used to integrate knowledge obtained from different courses followed in a Liberal Education context. A case study is presented based on a student at Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University, showing how making connections between different courses facilitates interdisciplinary learning. During the presentation we will apply concept mapping to integrate knowledge and discuss how tools can facilitate this process for students.

Dry Creek Valley: The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

A Gathering for Educators Teaching in Interdisciplinary Programs

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presenter:  Nancy Uber-Kellogg

Format:  Special Meeting, 75 minutes

Abstract:  This special meeting is intended to provide opportunities for conference participants who aren’t attending a network or association meeting to connect and share their work. At the “Gathering for Educators Teaching in Interdisciplinary Programs,” people attending with have chances to tell us about their particular program and their role in it, share best practices, and raise issues they are facing. The meeting will feature a whole-group gathering for introductions, small break out groups for more expansive conversations, and time for people to meet and talk with others informally. We envision this meeting as one that contributes to the conference focus on “collaboration, connection, and creative problem-solving.”

Concurrent Session 7 - 11:15 - 12:15 am -

Bennett Valley: Being in the Room Where It Happens

Moving Body, Moving Mind: Embodied Learning Practices

Theme:  Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion

Presenter:  Christine Cali,  Farrah McAdam, Music Accompaniment: Matt Langlois

Format:  Workshop, 60 minutes

Abstract:  This Moving Body, Moving Mind: Embodied Learning workshop invites participants from all disciplines to move into their whole self as a way of knowing, learning and understanding through facilitated personal research, reflection, witnessing and the sharing and receiving of feedback. Participants will engage in approaches for shared leadership, embodied research, community-building and development of self and group awareness.

Ballroom: The Future of Universities and the Role of Interdisciplinary

"How can we make it happen that all Higher Educational Institutes are preparing future proof wicked problem solvers?"

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presenter:  Isabelle Vandevyvere

Format:  Workshop, 60 minutes

Abstract:  Higher educational institutes are responsible to prepare their students for wicked problem solving. 3ID LABS, a best practice on this topic, is a potential solution. In this “solution room” you will create an action plan about how to prepare your students for wicked problem solving. (https://www.artevelde-uas.be/programmes/international-semester-programme/3id-labs-english)

 

Russian Valley: The Future of Universities and the Role of Interdisciplinary

The Politics of Credentialing: Establishing the Legitimacy of an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree at a Professionally-Focused Institution

Theme:  The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making

Presenter:  Michael Kelly,  Craig Pepin, Aziz Fatnassi, Cyndi Brandenburg

Format:  Workshop, 60 minutes

Abstract:  Over the past three years we have designed and implemented a professionally-focused interdisciplinary program based on academic and professional insights. As the program enters its third year, we take this opportunity to reflect upon the intersections between this project and larger shifts in the perceived “value” of a college degree.

Sonoma Valley: Spaces and Places

Towards an Emotional Climate Change: Enhancing Environments for Supporting Sustainable Development and Inter- and Transdisciplinary Collaborations

Theme:  Spaces and Places: Saving the Planet and its Inhabitants

Presenter:  Kirsi Cheas,  Mikko Salmela, Heidi Peuraniemi, Anne Salmi

Format:  Workshop, 60 minutes

Abstract:  Our workshop elaborates on improving emotional climates to enable meaningful interdisciplinary collaboration. We guide participants to identify feeling rules in our communities and encourage them to think how emotional climates can be enhanced, for us to be better prepared to solve the climate crisis and other wicked problems.

Dry Creek Valley: Being in the Room Where It Happens

They don't understand us: Call for a paradigm shift in institutional communication norms

Theme:  Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion

Presenter:  Ann Lieberman Colgan

Format:  Solution Room, 30 minutes

Abstract:  Higher education institutions persist in engaging in forms of communication to which students give inadequate attention. This presentation will describe this problem and explore interdisciplinary research to understand the causes, which disproportionately impact first-generation and unrepresented students. Our discussion includes the origins, characteristics, and consequences of communication breakdowns, and resolutions.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Communities to Support Inclusive and Equitable Curricular Redesign: A Case Study at Sonoma State University

Theme: Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion

Presenter:  Jenn Lillig,  Sharon Fuller

Format: 15 minutes

Abstract:  Evolving student demographics require faculty to modify programs to better serve students. We constituted a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for curriculum redesign focused on student success. In this space, faculty transcended discussions of disciplinary content. We will discuss FLC organization and impacts on curriculum redesign and faculty professional development efforts.

Pomo Dancers - Saturday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Ives 101