a2ru Circuits: Creating Faculty-Driven Catalysts for Sustainable Collaborations

  • February 2, 2016
  • By a2ru      
The next a2ru Circuits webinar takes place on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST.


Join us for the next installment in a2ru’s webinar series exploring the landscape of arts and arts-interdisciplinary efforts in research universities across the country. Creating Faculty-Driven Catalysts for Sustainable Collaborations will take place on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST.

Presented first as an outstanding and important session at the recent a2ru 2015 National Conference, this webinar will explore how a team at the University of Utah created an innovative and low-cost faculty driven model to foster transdisciplinary research. Through a case study designed to understand the disturbance and recovery of intact systems and the role of their legacy structures, individual researchers from widely different disciplines were engaged in ways that have and will move their own and others’ fields forward.

This diverse panel of participating faculty and staff from the University of Utah includes Nalini Nadkarni, Professor, Department of Biology; Glenn Prestwich, Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars; Sarah Hinners, Acting Director of the Ecological Planning Center, City and Metropolitan Planning; Russ Isabella, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; and Ellen Bromberg, Distinguished Professor, Department of Modern Dance.

Participants will gain an understanding of the impetus and process for beginning a major cross-campus collaborative symposium, the benefits to participating faculty’s professional development and practice, the small supports needed to sustain the initiative, and the robust and continuing curricular and research impacts derived from this shared work.

Moderating the discussion will be Deb Mexicotte, a2ru Associate Director and Lauren Fretz Thompson, a2ru Education Specialist. This webinar will be recorded and made available on the a2ru website. Please consider joining us for future 2016 webinars that are tentatively titled/scheduled to include:

  • Best Practices in Student-Led Interdisciplinary Work (March/April 2016)
  • Successful Strategies for Reversing Declining Enrollment in the Arts and Humanities (September/October 2016)
  • Use Inspired: The Evolving Role of the Arts at Land Grant Universities (November 2016)

Creating Faculty-Driven Catalysts for Sustainable Collaborations is free and open to 100 attendees. You may register for this a2ru webinar via this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5442913882652868097

Have questions for the panelists?  Send them to Deb Mexicotte at [email protected] See you at the webinar!