The University Record, April 19, 1999
By Joel Seguine
News and Information Services
The Center for Research in Learning and Teaching (CRLT) recently announced recipients of Interdisciplinary Faculty Associates (IFA) grants for the academic year 1999-2000. This program provides stipends of $10,000 for an undergraduate interdisciplinary course involving team teaching across departmental boundaries.
The courses and collaborators selected from the grant competition are:
"This program is designed to help U-M faculty who are eager to bring emerging fields of knowledge into the undergraduate learning experience," says Constance Cook, associate professor of education and director of CRLT. "Exciting new terrains often straddle disciplines and invite new intellectual collaborations, yet faculty face important challenges in the planning and development of collaborative, border-crossing teaching. Interdisciplinary teaching requires fresh thinking and new approaches. This program provides a supportive structure for meeting the challenges and allows participating faculty the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from one another," Cook says.
Requests for proposals for the next round of IFA grants will go out in September for courses to be offered in the 2000-01 academic year.