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Empowering Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop

Interdisciplinarity, by its very nature, embodies inclusivity.

It undergirds excellence in scholarship. It highlights the essential breadth of knowledge creation through mentoring and teaching. Interdisciplinarity elicits the productivity of transgressing traditional boundaries. In this workshop, graduate students will learn core interdisciplinary pedagogical strategies for:

  • designing and teaching classes that will help students see connections in new ways
  • building critical thinking skills
  • laying the foundations for new perspectives.

Participation in this workshop will enhance a student’s own professional development, and provide opportunities to develop new interdisciplinary courses that will continue to enhance their ongoing trajectories.


Students will receive a $500 stipend for attending the workshop.

Graduate students who participate in this workshop will have the further opportunity to develop and teach team-taught courses through the ILA:

  • IDS 220 (What Does it Mean to be Human?) or
  • am IDS 290 crossroads course of their design, which is a one credit course team-taught with two undergraduate IDEAS Fellows.

Teaching of these courses will be compensated.


The workshop will be completely online, spanning a total of 16 hours across a one-week period, May 17-21.  It will cover:

  • theory and method of interdisciplinary approaches to pedagogy and public scholarship
  • community engaged interdisciplinarity
  • putting interdisciplinarity thinking into practice
  • finding common ground across the sciences and humanities
  • interdisciplinarity and inclusive excellence
  • designing an interdisciplinary syllabus

Co-sponsored by: The Laney Graduate School New Leaders/New Thinkers Fund, Emory College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Mind, Brain and Culture, and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry