The Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) provides an opportunity for a diverse cohort of 4-6 University of Washington doctoral students to develop their teaching skills in the context of an integrative interdisciplinary program that spans the arts and sciences. Project fellows work closely with faculty mentors in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program and create teaching portfolios that include evidence of their hands-on experience with theories and practices of interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary pedagogy.
PIP Fellows for 2017-2018
Megan Brown (Mentor: Kristin Gustafson)
Megan Brown is a PhD Candidate in the Geography department at UW Seattle. Her research investigates the current spread of campaigns for higher local minimum wages by exploring the intersections between labor politics, local political climates, and activist networks across the U.S. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Megan worked for several years in the labor movement, and values both research and teaching that encourages an engagement with real world problems and a search for novel solutions. In her teaching, she encourages students to use the existing world as a laboratory to explore the concepts ranging from urban social (in)justice to GIS mapping conventions. She fosters a classroom environment that encourages students to relate new concepts to their own lived experiences and grounds assignments and activities in students' current spatial contexts (the campus, the neighborhood, the city) to deepen understanding."
Chelsea Grimmer (Mentor: Naomi Bragin)
Chelsea R. Grimmer is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Language and Literature at UW Seattle. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, as well as MA in English Language and Literature at Portland State University in Portland, OR. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, such as Drunken Boat, The Portland Review, and Otis Nebula. Her published research is on posthumanism, feminist poetry, and animal studies, while her forthcoming research is on queer and anti-racist approaches to postindustrial ecological violence and popular culture. Her work generally focuses on a cultural studies approach to the interdisciplinary possibilities of poetry, popular media, and queer, queer of color, and ecocritical theories. She is a Harlan Hahn Disability Studies fellow for 2016 - 2017.
William McKeithen (Mentor: Raissa DeSmet)
Will McKeithen is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography and Pre-Doctoral Instructor at UW Seattle. As a teacher, he seeks to create inclusive, rigorous, hands-on learning spaces in which students cobble together the flexibility of thought, practical experiences, collaborative spirits, and care to understand and take part in their worlds. He is currently pondering several pedagogical quandaries, including what makes a mutually accountable classroom? how do we scale up care? and how can we foster conceptual tools of creation and play, as well as critique? He has taught classes in the past on research methods, cities, animals under capitalism, and health geography. He is also a researcher. His Master’s thesis examined the cultural politics of gender, sexuality, and species that surround pet-keeping practices in the United States, earning him a reputation as ‘the crazy cat lady guy’ at conferences. An article based on this research has been accepted for publication with Gender, Place, and Culture. Other past research has studied the posthumanist identity politics of DIY helminthic therapy and the governance of STI treatment in pre-HIV/AIDS era Seattle. His current research undertakes a political ecology approach to women’s incarceration in Washington State. He goes roller-skating every month in White Center.
José Ochoa (Mentor: Santiago Lopez)
José Ochoa is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at UW Seattle. His research focuses on race and ethnic politics, environmental politics, and quantitative methodology. It examines how people of color in the U.S. conceptualize the environment and act upon environmental preferences and threats. A central claim of his work is that humans’ relationship to the natural world is affected by the justice or injustice of their social arrangements, and group identity helps to orient individual understanding of their positionality within the natural and social world.
PIP Fellows for 2016-2017
Gonzalo Guzmán (Mentor: Keith Nitta)
Gonzalo Guzmán is currently a doctoral candidate in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education and Pre-Doctoral Instructor at the University of Washington Seattle. His research explores the historical role of elementary schools—teachers, administrators, school curriculum, and school location—in creating race, with an emphasis on the construction of the white and “Mexican” races. As a scholar of race, Gonzalo follows the tradition of Critical Race Theory in his teaching by emphasizing student narratives, developing their understanding of their own role in education, equity, and racial identity creation. Gonzalo also serves on the UW’s Race and Equity Steering Committee and is a consultant for race and equity initiatives for Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning. He is a collaborator on a National Park Service funded historic preservation project on Latina/o cultural sites and oral histories in the Yakima Valley of eastern Washington State. His work has been accepted and will be published in the Journal of Latinos and Education, Education’s Histories, and the Annals of Wyoming.
Courses: BISLEP 397 Topics in Law, Economics, and Public Policy; BIS 258 Introduction to Latino/a Studies
Caitlin Littlefield (Mentor: Jennifer Atkinson)
Caitlin is a Ph.D. student in the Landscape Ecology and Conservation lab in UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her research interests are broad: she seeks to understand the drivers of forest resilience and tree species migration under climate change through both field-based and modeling frameworks. She’s also keenly interested in understanding how we can best engage diverse stakeholders to implement equitable climate change and conservation solutions.
From positions in the Swiss Alps, the hills of New England, and with the UW’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Caitlin’s varied roles in environmental education have instilled in her a deep commitment to place-based, applied learning that connects course content to students’ experiences in the world. Caitlin uses individualized projects and reflection activities as well as group discussions and lecture in her classes, while leveraging the surrounding environment outside the classroom for field experiences.
Caitlin received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.S. from the University of Vermont. She looks forward to a career in an inclusive academic community that values rigorous, cross-disciplinary scientific research and exemplary instruction – with a healthy dose of gardening, mountain biking, and skiing and on the side.
Courses: BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues; BIS 346 Topics in Environmental Policy
Shannon Tyman (Mentor: Amy Lambert)
Shannon Tyman’s research resides at the intersection of urban and environmental studies with a focus on the urban food environment. She is completing her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Built Environment at UW Seattle, where she has had the opportunity to work with designers and planners in creative studio settings. Her dissertation employs ethnographic fieldwork to investigate discourses of social justice and organizational structure in three alternative food organizations in Seattle, WA. An enthusiastic proponent of praxis-based education and gardening, Shannon has a long history of participation in urban agriculture. She encourages active learning experiences for her students including internships, as well as place-based and collaborative assignments. In the classroom, she asks students to reflect on the material at hand in relation to current events and their personal experience through respectful discussion, reflective writing, and small group activities. Additional research interests include solidarity economies, post-industrial landscapes, ecological art, and disability studies.
Courses: BIS 307 Environmental Justice; BIS 490 Food Justice
PIP Fellows for 2015-2016
Allen Baros (Department of English, mentored by Wadiya Udell)
Elyse Gordon (Department of Geography, mentored by Jin-Kyu Jung)
Jennifer McClearen (Department of Communication, mentored by Susan Harewood)
Gabe Valle (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Christian Anderson)
Jane Wong (Department of English, mentored by Sarah Dowling)
PIP Fellows for 2014-2015
Bijetri Bose (Department of Economics, mentored by Charlie Collins)
Heather Evans (Department of Sociology, mentored by Martha Groom)
Gregory Laynor (Department of English, mentored by Aeron Bergman)
Nicole Robert (Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, mentored by Sarah Dowling)
Miriam Valdovinos (School of Social Work, mentored by Camille Walsh)
PIP Fellows for 2013-2014
Coleen Carrigan (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Gwen Ottinger)
Annie Dwyer (Department of Comparative History of Ideas, mentored by Dan Berger)
Chelsea Jennings (Department of English, mentored by Amaranth Borsuk)
Gladys Jian (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Crispin Thurlow)
Natasha Hakimali Merchant (Department of Education, mentored by Wayne Au)
Alice Pedersen (Department of English, Second-Year PIP Mentor)
Dana Prince (Department of Social Work, mentored by Janelle Silva)
Susan Waters (Department of Biology, mentored by Warren Gold)
PIP Fellows for 2012-2013
Damarys Espinoza (Department of Cultural Anthropology, mentored by Julie Shayne).
David Giles (Department of Sociocutural Anthropology, mentored by Crispin Thurlow).
Carolina Gómez-Posada (Department of Biology, mentored bySantiago Lopez).
Jed Murr (Department of English, Second-Year PIP Mentor)
Alice Pedersen (Department of English, mentored by Camille Walsh)
Kellie Wills (Department of Educational Psychology, mentored by Andrea Stone).
PIP Fellows for 2011-2012
Robertson Allen (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Crispin Thurlow).
Carrie Lanza (Department of Social Welfare, mentored by Kari Lerum).
Rachel Mitchell (Department of Forest Resources, mentored by Dave Stokes).
Jed Murr (Department of English, mentored by Ben Gardner).
Nicole Torres (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Leslie Ashbaugh).
Simón Trujillo (Department of English, second year PIP mentor).
PIP Fellows for 2010-2011
Amy Bhatt (Department of Women's Studies, mentored by Diane Gillespie).
Madhavi Murty (Department of Communication, mentored by Ron Krabill).
Jentery Sayers (Department of English, mentored by Ted Heibert).
Simón Trujillo (Department of English, mentored by David Goldstein).
Sally Warner (Department of Physical Oceanography, mentored by Rob Turner).
Sam Yum (Department of Anthropology, second year PIP mentor).
PIP Fellows 2009-2010
Kristin Gustafson (Department of Communication, mentored by Constantin Behler).
Tim Jones (Department of Political Science, second year PIP mentor ).
Sydney Lewis (Department of English, mentored by Kari Lerum).
Trang X. Ta (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Martha Groom).
Amoshaun Toft (Department of Communications, mentored by Susan Harewood).
Bryan White (Department of Neurobiology, mentored by Marc Servetnick).
PIP Fellows 2008-2009
Tami Blumenfield (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Diane Gillespie).
Shauna Carlisle (School of Social Work, second year PIP mentor).
Caren Crandell (College of Forest Resources, mentored by Bill Seaburg).
Erica Gunn: (Department of Chemistry, mentored by Becca Price).
Tim Jones (Department of Political Science, mentored by Colin Danby).
Fernanda Oyarzun (Department of Biology, mentored by Cinnamon Hillyard).
Samuel Yum (Department of Anthropology, mentored by Linda Watts).
PIP Fellows 2007-2008
Shauna Carlisle (Department of Social Work; mentored by Elizabeth Thomas)
Amy Lambert (Department of Forest Resources; mentored by Linda Watts)
Kevin Ramsey (Department of Geography; mentored by Ron Krabill)
Rebeca Rivera (Department of Environmental Anthropology; mentored by Warren Gold)
Stephanie Scopelitis (Department of Educational Psychology; mentored by Jeanne Heuving)
PIP Fellows 2006-2007
Melanie Kill (Department of English; mentored by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren)
Georgia Roberts (Department of English; mentored by Ron Krabill)
Jeanette Sanchez (Department of Theater History and Criticism; mentored by Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren)
Matthew Sneddon (Department of History; mentored by Linda Watts)
Sarah Starkweather (Department of Geography; mentored by Colin Danby)
Generous support for the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy has been provided by the UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation, the UW Bothell Office of Academic Affairs, the UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Center, and the IAS program.