Archive

Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Barriers, Solutions, and Needed Innovations

November 2, 2018 Comments off

Welch-Devine, Meredith, Alana Shaw, Julie Coffield, and Nik Heynen. (2018) “Facilitating interdisciplinary graduate education: Barriers, solutions, and needed innovations.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 50:(5): 53-59.

In Short:

•• Organizational hierarchies, policies, and budgetary models often disadvantage interdisciplinary programs and their students and faculty.

•• Examples exist across the country of improvements that can be made. However, in some areas— for example, accounting for and reporting interdisciplinary efforts— viable approaches are not yet clear and work remains to be done.

•• Improving interdisciplinary graduate education will require strong commitment from university leaders and a willingness to lay out clear, rational, and flexible policies and funding models.

Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina

February 26, 2014 Comments off

I have been working more and more with forms of collective writing, or in this case, large group writing, across a couple different groups. This recently published effort is the product of a seminar I co-taught with four other Profs and twelve PhD students from four across disciplines (Geography, Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry). This group represents the first cohort of the new(ish) Integrative Conservation PhD. Program we’ve been involved in building at the University of Georgia.

Vercoe, R. A., M. Welch-Devine, D. Hardy, J. A. Demoss, S. N. Bonney, K. Allen,
P. Brosius, D. Charles, B. Crawford, S. Heisel, N. Heynen, R. G. De
Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A. Shaw and L. Van Sant.
2014. Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization
Issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society 19 (1): 23.
http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss1/art23/

Interestingly, the third ICON cohort has just been involved in publishing this collectively written column that is a part of the Coweeta Listening Project‘s bi-weekly column in the Franklin Press

Science, Public Policy, Community: LTLT and UGA students form partnership

For our other columns, check out the CLP’s website archive.