Faculty and Staff

Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP)

Martha Groom - PIP


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 and 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 2015-2016:

In 2015-16, five UW doctoral students will serve as fellows in the tenth year of the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP). Nicole Robert, a member of the 2014-15 PIP cohort, will serve as the second year mentor for 2015-16.

Allen Baros (Mentor: Wadiya Udell) is a PhD candidate in the English department. His research focuses on the politics of identity construction and representation. In particular he is interested in how race, gender, class, and queerness contribute and disrupt discourses of national, racial, and cultural belonging and become associated with deployment of security and violence. His dissertation explores the role of family as a domain of knowledge production and subject formation in Chicana/o/@ literature and traces the epistemology of Chicana/o/@ consciousness historically from the 1970s forward to the present day and the representations of family produced by the undocuqueer movement. More generally, his interests include American Ethnic (especially Chicana/o/@) literature and culture, critical perspectives on race, Women of Color feminism and Queer of Color critique, critical theory, and critiques of coloniality and liberalism. His classes often take up questions about race, gender, class, identity, and belonging as means of understanding how such concepts touch the lives of individuals and organize power and society. In his classroom he asks students to engage some of these questions from personal, critical, creative, and coalitional perspectives as they discuss a variety of cultural texts: novels, films, critical theory, personal memoir, youtube videos, popular music, graphic novels, and images. He asks students to remember that their own writing is a form of knowledge production and their thoughts, ideas, and arguments are important, but so are those of others. For that reason, his courses incorporate a great deal of reflective writing, discussion, and collaborative learning.

Courses: BISSEB 331 The Family in US Society; BIS 258 Introduction to U.S. Latina/Latino Studies

Elyse Gordon (Mentor: Jin-Kyu Jung) is pursuing her PhD in Geography at the Seattle campus. Her research explores the intersections between philanthropy, poverty and politics through an extended case study of social justice philanthropy. She is currently working as the graduate assistant for the Relational Poverty Network, an interdisciplinary and international network of scholars. Elyse also serves as a co-director for the PAGE program of Imagining America, and is working towards the Certificate in Public Scholarship through the Simpson Center for the Humanities. When not researching, writing and teaching, Elyse is likely bringing people together around good food. She is the co-founder of Eat for Equity Seattle, and has just launched a new project called The Justice Lab, an informal salon series to encourage learning and conversation over a shared meal. She is an avid cyclist, knitter, yogi and patron of the arts, and looks forward to the long bike commutes to the Bothell campus.

Courses: BIS 393 Special Topics: Re-Imagining Nonprofits; BIS 218 The Power of Maps

Jennifer McClearen (Mentor: Susan Harewood) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication with an emphasis in Critical/Cultural Studies. Her research interrogates the cultural production, representation, and reception of the active body in popular media. In particular, she leverages feminist media studies and physical cultural studies to critically analyze the intersecting discourses of gender, race, and/or sexuality surrounding the physicality of female athletes, fighters, action heroes, etc. Her teaching broadens beyond the active body and examines various articulations of difference in popular television, film, and new media.  She is currently a member of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity and its affiliated Communication and Difference Research Group as well as a fellow in the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

Courses: BIS 235 Critical Media Literacy; BISAMS 369 Mass Media and American Popular Culture

Gabe Valle (Mentor: Christian Anderson) is a 4th year, PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology. His research focuses on home gardens and the cultural re-inscription of space. By concentrating on Chicana/o and Mexican-origin immigrant communities, his research combines perspectives of mutual reliance norms that facilitate participation in informal sharing networks. Broadening the research of food sovereignty and environmental justice, he is interested in the ways in which home gardeners use food to improve their social, environmental, and physical wellbeing. He is currently conducting a Participant Action Research project in San José, CA with a local NGO. He has documented how food and self-provisioning carries a variety of meanings and uses, and has witnessed how the conviviality of food can truly be transformative. He is looking forward to sharing this transformative potential with students and using the anthropology of food as a tool to increase student civic engagement.

Courses: BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies: Urban Agriculture and Food Studies; BIS 340 Topics in the Study of Culture: The Culture of Sport

Jane Wong (Mentor: Sarah Dowling) holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012Hayden's Ferry Review, The Volta, Tupelo Quarterly, and others. She also regularly contributes poetry reviews to Warscapes, a journal providing a lens into current conflicts through literature. As a Ph.C. at the University of Washington, she focuses on Asian American poetry and the poetics of haunting. She is interested in multimodal intersections of poetry, art, and history and examines the work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Cathy Park Hong, Myung Mi Kim, Sawako Nakayasu, Srikanth Reddy, Yoko Ono, and Truong Tran. As a teacher, she aims to foster critical inquiry, student agency, experimentation, and real-world connections. 

Courses: BIS 208 Experimenting Through the Arts: Poetry, Class, and Labor; BIS 257 Introduction to Asian American Studies

PIP Fellows for 2014-2015:

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that five senior doctoral scholars from UW Seattle have been selected to teach in 2014-2015 as fellows in the ninth year of the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP).  Chelsea Jennings, a member of the 2013-14  cohort, will serve as the second-year mentor. In 2014-2015, PIP will be co-directed by Professors Ben Gardner and Janelle Silva.

Bijetri Bose (Department of Economics) / Mentor:  Charlie Collins
Bijetri’s research interest is in the economics of nonprofits. She focuses on identifying the determinants of charitable donations and fundraising by nonprofits. She has also been conducting computer based experiments with students to understand donative behavior of people. Bijetri has taught several courses in UW and the Seattle Central Community College. Her teaching interests include economics and statistics where she motivates students to realize the applicability of the lessons to things they observe around them every day.

Heather Evans (Department of Sociology) / Mentor: Martha Groom
Heather has conducted both statistical analyses and ethnographic fieldwork. Heather completed her MA exploring how a local homeless encampment’s participation in direct democracy impacts its residents and their perceptions of themselves as community members and citizens. In her dissertation, she expands her research on membership, rights claiming and identity by examining legal consciousness among people who have ‘invisible’ disabilities. Broadly, she is interested in processes of marginalization and perceptions of citizenship among marginalized people. Heather received BAs in Anthropology and CHID from the UW in 2005.

Gregory Laynor (Department of English) / Mentor: Aeron Bergman
Gregory is an interdisciplinary artist whose art practice, scholarly research, and teaching focus on the embodied performances and social situations through which language and literacy occur. His research on artists such as Yoko Ono, Gertrude Stein, John Cage, and Ray Johnson intersects multiple scholarly fields such as poetics, art history, performance studies, media studies, and queer studies. As a teacher, Gregory is interested in offering students multiple modes of engaging critically and creatively with historical materials as well as their own interests.

Nicole Robert (Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies) / Mentor: Sarah Dowling
Nicole is working towards completing a PhD in Feminist Studies. With an M.A. in Museology, her research investigates representations of race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history museums. Co-Founder of the Queering the Museum project which recently produced the exhibit "Revealing Queer" at the Museum of History and Industry, her community collaborations inform her research  Nicole has taught in both the GWSS and English departments and is a recent recipient of the Doman Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Nicole is a Point Foundation Scholar and has recently had the article "Getting Intersectional in Museums" accepted for publication.

Miriam Valdovinos (School of Social Work) / Mentor: Camille Walsh
Miriam’s research areas include gender-based violence, historical trauma and issues of illegality which impacts social belonging and exclusion for undocumented immigrants. Her dissertation qualitatively explores the lives of undocumented Latina immigrants that experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). She investigates the complexity and impact their immigration status, ethnicity, class, gender and familial/community responses have on their IPV experiences. Miriam has taught advanced courses on, for example, historical foundations of social work practices, research methods, and historical trauma.

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 Resouces, 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.


Apply to be a
PIP Teaching Fellow

Application Deadline:
January 29, 2016

Download application information sheet here.

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