SAIL - Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning
The ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) are seminar-based learning communities that enable faculty from ACM colleges to explore salient topics in cross-disciplinary contexts. 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 project consists of five annual seminars. Each of the seminars includes a ten-day, intensive off-campus study experience held at a site that offers rich resources for multi-disciplinary lessons about the topic. The off-campus sites for the five seminars will alternate between domestic and international locations.
The 2014 SAIL seminar has been selected, and the participant application will be issued soon:
- 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 multi-disciplinary contexts;
- Foster the development of innovative, integrative curricular resources that will enhance the ability of advanced undergraduates to analyse complex problems from multi-disciplinary 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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