School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences


Scholarship lies at the heart of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

IAS was founded with an interdisciplinary mission and a commitment to working closely with traditional and non-traditional students. Today, this mission and commitment underwrite our emphasis on integrative and engaged research, teaching, and service that address the concerns of our region and world. Our faculty members develop national and international reputations through their published research and presentations, innovative pedagogies, and creative contributions to the development of the university. Their work also extends beyond the academy through public and community-engaged projects related to their scholarly agendas and intellectual concerns. Scholarship is a term that encompasses all of these activities.

IAS Faculty Scholarship

Our commitment to integrative and engaged scholarship has resulted in a school with a faculty that is highly productive across the traditional categories of research, teaching, and institutional or professional service. Taking the two year period from 2010-2011 as a sample, our fifty full-time faculty members:

  • Published 12 books on topics ranging from technoscience and environmental justice to digital discourse and the language of new media.
  • Published well over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, ranging from the Cambridge Journal of Economics and the Journal of Research in Rural Education to Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture and Evolution: Education & Outreach.
  • Delivered more than 40 keynote addresses and invited lectures at institutions, ranging from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and the Max Plank Institute to Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Henry Art Gallery.
  • Displayed or read their creative work and curated exhibits in galleries and installation spaces, ranging from the Stockholm Independent Art Fair and the Kootenay School of Writing to the San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery and the Northwest Film Forum.
  • Presented research at countless national and international conferences on topics ranging from new possibilities for geographic information systems technology and the black power roots of Puerto Rican radicalism to critical pedagogy in the context of community-based learning and educational assessment and innovation.
  • Received over 3 million dollars in research grants from organizations ranging from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Urban Institute to the Wallace Global Fund and the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.
  • Edited or served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals ranging from Conservation Biology and the International Journal of the Commons to Rethinking Marxism and Theatre Topics.
  • Provided national leadership for higher education organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.
  • Served on boards of local organizations outside of higher education such as 911 Seattle Media Arts, the Urasenke Foundation, and Friends of North Creek Forest.

They also appeared on CNN to discuss the history and place of mosques in the United States; testified before the Washington State legislature on temporary disability insurance; founded a sexuality and society blog for the American Sociological Association; won the Association of American Colleges & Universities K. Patricia Cross Award for Future Leaders; worked with the City of Bothell to establish its first youth court; participated in the regional Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative; designed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Poetics; received the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award; and led volunteers in removing invasive species from local parks.

Why Faculty Scholarship Matters to IAS Students

This expansive scope of activity and influence is a testament to the strength of the faculty IAS has built. As our Statement on Promotion and Tenure indicates, we value these accomplishments both on their own and as they inform other aspects of our work in IAS and at UW Bothell. Faculty members with national and international reputations in their fields are able to ensure that course content is up-to-date, that new curricula and pedagogies are cutting-edge, and that student publications are of the highest quality. Faculty members with active and engaged lives as scholars provide IAS students, undergraduate and graduate, with rigorous instruction in the classroom and dedicated mentoring beyond it.

To learn more about the interests and accomplishments of the IAS faculty, we encourage you to visit the web pages of individual faculty members, come to the IAS Research Colloquia on the first Tuesday of every month or, better yet, knock on some of our office doors.


IAS Research Collouqium Series

The IAS Research Colloquium presentations take place the first Tuesday of each month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in UW1-280 (Rose Room).