Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award
The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop (ICW) program spurs new collaborations among scholars in CLA and beyond. It provides support to bring together faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from a variety of fields to intensively study a topic. Proposed forms of workshops may include (but are not limited to) reading groups, research projects, seminars, symposia, conferences, or virtual centers.
The program originated in the college Roadmap process, an ongoing consultative process that is driven by students, staff, and faculty and our various publics. ICWs are funded by the Joan Aldous Innovation Fund, in support of the College's Roadmap goal to generate new levels of innovative research through focused investment strategies.
Now in its fourth year, the ICW program has supported 19 workshops. Workshop leadership teams have collectively brought together 216 faculty and staff members from CLA, 90 from other units at the University of Minnesota, and hundreds of scholars and professionals from outside the University. These workshops in turn actively engage hundreds of participants—students, community members, artists, policymakers—and host events drawing many more.
The following workshops are in their award periods but many of the previous workshops are still active and are described further below.
Fall 2022 Awards
Anticipated Award Term: 2023-25
UMN Summer Institute for Global Indigeneity 2023-2024
Since 2016, the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneity at the University of Washington-Seattle has brought together PhD students and faculty from universities that offer comparative Native studies for a week of workshops and engaged activities on the intellectual and institutional challenges of Global Indigenous studies, providing epistemological and professional strategies for successfully completing and disseminating research projects not always legible to conventional academic disciplines. Hosting the SIGI 23 will introduce the model to UMN and Big 10 faculty, and Indigenous community partners, allowing UMN to customize and host a Native Great Lakes/Mississippi region version in 2024.
- Vicente M. Diaz, Department of American Indian Studies
Exploring Applications of Critical Pedagogies in Greater Minnesota Secondary Schools
The Collaborative Teaching Project will bring together University of Minnesota scholars and Teacher Leaders from secondary schools in greater Minnesota to explore the application of critical pedagogies. This project will advance
opportunities for scholarship and teaching and support community engagement between secondary schools in greater Minnesota and the University of Minnesota through collaborative inquiry. University of Minnesota scholars will have the opportunity to develop working concepts from their own practice while engaging in practices of authentic collaboration with scholars from the Minnesota Writing Project and secondary teachers.
- Lee Fisher, Center for Writing
- Jasmine Kar Tang, Center for Writing
- Nick Kleese, Writing Studies
- Amanda Steepleton, Liberal Arts Engagement Hub
Spring 2022 Awards
Anticipated Award Term: 2022-23
The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) was founded in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota in 2021 with the goal of effecting meaningful change in the way that philosophy is done, understood, organized, and – especially – taught. In particular, CCEC focuses on supporting instructors who want to teach neglected figures or a new canon of early modern philosophy but otherwise lack the resources to do so. CCEC aims to teach instructors how to create a safe and vibrant learning environment that speaks to a multitude of perspectives and allows students to learn about philosophers with voices like their own. This will put us in a position to change the face of philosophy, which remains alarmingly homogeneous.
- Jessica Gordon-Roth, Department of Philosophy
- Dwight K. Lewis, Jr, Department of Philosophy
- Michael Bennett McNulty, Department of Philosophy
The proposed Ethnic Studies Initiative seeks to answer the following question: How can educators and researchers collaborate to support and expand Ethnic Studies education and student-centered pedagogy in Minnesota? The Ethnic Studies Initiative proposes a new collaborative and a reciprocal model for addressing these urgent concerns. Housed in RIDGS (the Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies), the Ethnic Studies Initiative will bring Ethnic Studies scholars into conversation with teachers and curriculum directors from Minnesota’s K-12 public schools in order to create a new, adaptive set of curricular resources for a transformative Ethnic Studies education.
- Keith Mayes, RIDGS Director, Department of African American & African Studies
- Jacob Oertel, RIDGS Program Coordinator
- Dr. Katharine Gerbner, Department of History
- Dr. Jimmy Patiño, Department of Chicano/Latino Studies
- Molly Siebert, PhD Candidate in Social Studies Education
- Brandy Siddiqui, District Program Facilitator for Social Studies and Ethnic Studies for Minneapolis Public Schools
- Muoakong Vue, Hmong-American educator and the Ethnic Studies Program Manager in St. Paul Public Schools
This project addresses this gap through an in-person workshop targeting junior scholars and a virtual learning experience targeting a broad audience. Our goal is to develop a community of quantitative climate change-population scholars who will apply their scholarship to improve people’s lives. Their interdisciplinary scientific advancements will provide knowledge, data, and learning opportunities to reduce vulnerability to climate change events in all their forms.
- Kathryn Grace, Geography Environment and Society, Associate Director Minnesota Population Center
- Audrey Dorelien, Humphrey School of Public Policy/Minnesota Population Center
- Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Department of Sociology, IPUMS DHS and IPUMS MICS
- Devon Kristiansen, IPUMS PMA
- Matt Gunther, IPUMS PMA
- Miriam King, IPUMS DHS
- Sula Sarkar, IPUMS International and IPUMS Global Health