Building and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Partnerships (Roundtable)


Pedagogy & Professional / Interdisciplinary Humanities

Debra Bourdeau (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

Beverly Wood (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

After a successful roundtable at the 2021 NeMLA conference, we again invite participants to share their experiences with interdisciplinary collaborations. Proposals are welcome from those who have broken disciplinary silos in the areas of research, course development and/or teaching. We will share success stories and pitfalls in building and sustaining those relationships. We are interested in hearing about triumphs as well as learning from less successful attempts, and strongly encourage team presentations. The organizers (a mathematician and a humanist) will discuss their own experiences leading initiatives and co-developing courses that blend STEM and the humanities. Potential topics can include (but are certainly not limited to): collaborating in the virtual space; gaining administrative buy-in; achieving an equitable division of labor; learning the “language” of other disciplines; and impacts on student learning. Participants can share syllabi and course material in a practical discussion of the logistics of bringing partnerships to the classroom.

This session invites participants to share their experiences with interdisciplinary collaborations. Proposals are welcome from those who have broken disciplinary silos in the areas of research, course development, or teaching. We will share success stories and pitfalls in building and sustaining those relationships.