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SAIL - Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning

Call for Pre-Proposals

For a seminar to take place in
Amman, Jordan

Deadline: April 4, 2014

The ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) is a series of annual learning communities built around integrative place-based learning, which enable ACM faculty to explore a salient topic and collaborate to develop curricular resources. By immersing faculty in settings that encourage multiple perspectives and collaboration across disciplines, the seminars lay the foundation for the participants to develop innovative, integrative advanced-level coursework.

Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the SAIL program consists of five annual seminars. Each of the seminars includes an intensive ten-day, on-site seminar at a site that offers rich resources for multidisciplinary lessons about the topic. The off-campus sites for the five seminars will alternate between domestic and international locations.

A call for pre-proposals has been issued for the 2015 seminar, which will have an onsite portion in Amman, Jordan.

The 2014 SAIL seminar is:

  • Contested Spaces - This seminar will hold its on-site component in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado during summer 2014, with curricular development continuing throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

The current SAIL seminar in session is:


SAIL Seminar Goals

Each SAIL seminar is designed to:

  • Engage 15 ACM faculty across all divisions — math and natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social sciences — as leaders and participants;
  • Examine a broad, enduring topic in multidisciplinary contexts;
  • Foster the development of innovative, integrative curricular resources that will enhance the ability of advanced undergraduates to analyse complex problems from multidisciplinary perspectives;
  • Travel to a site that would be propitious for exploring the topic from various disciplinary perspectives;
  • Enlist a faculty leadership team representing the three disciplinary divisions to design the intellectual content and direct the seminar;
  • Benefit individual faculty and the advanced students who study with them.

In effect, SAIL will establish temporary research centers at sites around the globe, challenging participants to leave their physical and intellectual comfort zones and explore big questions through new methodologies and perspectives.

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