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 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:

In 2013-14, seven UW doctoral students served as fellows in the eighth year of the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP). Alice Pedersen, a member of the 2012-13 PIP cohort, served as the second year mentor for 2013-14.

Coleen Carrigan (Mentor: Gwen Ottinger) Coleen Carrigan earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2013 at UW Seattle. Her scholarship interrogates the historical and cultural dimensions of women’s labor. Her ethnographic research investigates the production of computer technology and the social mechanisms by which gender differentiated outcomes in technology fields are reproduced. Her pedagogical approach incorporates peer learning opportunities, diverse teaching methods, and a commitment to examining topics through an intersectional lens to illuminate co-constructions of gender, race, class, and sexuality. As a critical race feminist scholar, she works to discover and share strategies that eradicate the barriers excluding women from computer science and transform the powers of technology to advance social justice.

Courses: BISSTS 397 Cultural Domains of Science and Technology; BIS410 Critical Ethnographies.

Annie Dwyer (Mentor: Dan Berger) Annie Dwyerʼs primary scholarly and teaching interests include animal studies, post-humanism, feminist and queer studies, modernism/postmodernism, and post-bellum American literature and culture. She has served as the Expository Writing Programʼs liaison for UW in the High Schools, a program that equips high school teachers to offer composition classes for college credit. She has also collaborated on several projects aiming to increase instructors awareness of and ability to respond to power dynamics in the classroom, including Queer Pedagogical Performance and Critical Classrooms. She has further worked in both teaching and organizing roles with a number of Puget Sound non-profits that provide higher education inside prisons, including University Beyond Bars and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound.

Chelsea Jennings (Mentor: Amaranth Borsuk) Chelsea Jennings is a doctoral candidate in English and Textual Studies at UW Seattle. Her research explores the significance of the printed book—as a unit of meaning, a sculptural and visual object, and a consumer good—to American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. A major focus of her teaching is how the materiality of texts impacts literary meaning. A poet, bookbinder, and aspiring letterpress printer herself, Jennings teaches courses that integrate academic and artistic forms of knowledge and that emphasize inquiry and collaboration. She has served as an Assistant Director in the Expository Writing Program and an organizer for Queer Pedagogical Performance, and she is currently taking part in a collaborative project on Interactive Theatre as Pedagogy.

Courses: BIS 361 Studies in American Literature; BISIA 374 Arts Workshop: Artist's Book.

Gladys Jian  (Mentor: Crispin Thurlow) Gladys Jian studies sociocultural anthropology, and her general research interests include 1) language ideology and politics, language and identity; 2) the English language and globalization; 3) political economy, modernity, nationalism and transnationalism; 4) ethnic relations; and 5) translation studies and politics of translation. Her geographic research areas include China, East Asia and Central Asia. Her dissertation is an ethnography of the individual efforts and collective struggles of the Muslim Turkic-speaking Uyghur youth aspiring to cosmopolitan lives in China to maintain their ethno-linguistic identities in the face of covert monolingual language policy that favors Mandarin Chinese.

Courses: BIS 317 Language, Society and Cultural Knowledge; BISGST 397 Politics of Representation in China.

Natasha Hakimali Merchant (Mentor: Wayne Au) Natasha Merchant is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education at UW Seattle. Her research investigates the experiences of sectarian-minority Muslim girls and their perceptions of how Islam and Muslims are taught in their World History high-school classrooms. Natasha has taught several courses for pre-service teachers at UW Tacoma including Social Studies Methods, Multicultural Education, and Critical Issues in Assessment. Her passion for teaching and learning extends into, and originates from, her community, where she has spent years developing curriculum for religious education, working with youth to address issues of difference and identity, and building partnerships across communities to address issues of inequity, particularly around gender-based violence.

Courses: BEDUC 260 Culture, Knowledge and Education; BEDUC 330 Race, Culture and Identity.

Dana Prince (Mentor: Janelle Silva) Dana Prince is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare. Her research and teaching are grounded in over ten years of school- and community-based public health practice with diverse youth. She has taught in public middle and high schools in West Philadelphia, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses. She views education as both a critical form of social capital and a means of cultivating engaged participation in community life. To this end, her pedagogy is informed by experiential inquiry, real-world problem solving and a core belief in education as a vehicle for individual and collective empowerment and social change. Research areas of interest include academic and health outcomes for historically marginalized and underserved youth, the role of place and environment in youth identity formation, school-based intervention, and mixed methodology.

Courses: BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research; BIS293 Special Topics: Youth Development.

Susan Waters (Mentor: Warren Gold)
Susan Waters studies the effects of climate change on species interactions. Her current work examines the effects of earlier springs—changing the timing of flowering—on interactions between native and exotic plants and their shared pollinators. She is also the co-founder of the Urban Pollination Project, a piece of collaborative academic/public citizen science research aiming to assess the status of bumble bee activity and effectiveness of bumble bee pollination for crop plants grown in urban community gardens. She is a former high school biology teacher at a school for the performing arts and loves to teach science at any level to anybody.

Courses: BES 301 Science Methods and Practice; BIS 390 Ecology and the Environment.

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

Download application information sheet here.

Application deadline:
Monday, January 26, 2015

For More Information

Contact PIP Co-Directors:  Ben Gardner (gardnerb@uw.edu) and Janelle Silva (jsilva@uwb.edu).