Thoughts from an Interdisciplinary Starting Gate

Introduction Recently, my public university announced its intention to begin a large-scale interdisciplinary initiative focused around clusters.  As part of the initial phases of the planning, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning asked a variety of faculty members with interest/experience in interdisciplinarity to contribute a “a one-page document that synthesizes and distills information Read More …

Reflections on Going Interdisciplinary

by Robin DeRosa, Professor of English & Interdisciplinary Studies & Danielle Marie Carkin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Today at our annual start-of-school meeting for faculty and staff, our new president announced plans to transform our small, regional university into an interdisciplinary institution centered around the ideas of clusters and open labs.  We represent two Read More …

MOOCs & Badges: Interrogating “Open”

When I first got introduced to the world of OERs, I was skeptical.  Despite being a pretty avid user of technology in my English courses, I have also generally been one of those intellectually whiny faculty members at my university who always throws a wrench into online initiatives by worrying (way out loud) that we Read More …

Practical Examples for Plymouth State University

Here are some practical ideas to go with the more theoretical vision I laid out in my 2014 talk at Plymouth State University, “Rethinking Student Engagement.” How can we reintegrate knowledge so that the historically constructed boundaries between fields can be made porous? Develop cooperative templated majors that partner multiple departments together, which students could Read More …

Rethinking “Student Engagement”

Faculty Day 2014, Plymouth State University Robin DeRosa If I have a guiding principle in my own pedagogy and scholarship, it’s probably related to the idea that the question on the table usually masks conflicting and more compelling questions underneath. I always value it when a student undermines one of my well-intentioned assignments because she’s Read More …