The Center for the Arts has developed two models for pedagogical collaboration between artists and non-artists. A co-taught course extends over an entire semester. An artist and non-artist jointly prepare a syllabus and share time within the classroom to teach the subject matter. They share research methods and tools, while at the same time affording students the opportunity to witness the disciplines in dialogue. Non-arts faculty might take a course that they regularly teach and restructure it with a performing arts faculty member, or the two faculty members can co-create an entirely new course.
The intellectual material is taught from two perspectives without one being in service to the other, thus allowing students to experience multiple perspectives simultaneously. Students are also afforded the opportunity to experience the research methods of the artist in a non-arts setting and gain an appreciation of the arts as a valid means of investigating and understanding subject matter. The artists are introduced to new research partners, the non-arts faculty members gain skills they can use in approaching course material, and students who might not otherwise engage with an artist see the arts as a means of exploring a subject in new ways. For the faculty artists who participate, it becomes a way to begin a research collaboration across disciplinary boundaries that can lead to future projects with non-arts faculty colleagues. Co-taught courses link the arts with other disciplines to integrate experience and reflection, bring theory and practice together, and provide more holistic learning opportunities.
While many courses at Wesleyan could be considered co-taught, the courses listed below were developed in collaboration with the CFA's Creative Campus Initiative.
Instructors: Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Ann M. Carlson, Choreographer and Dancer
Instructors: Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Liz Lerman, Matt Mahaney, and Cassie Meador of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Instructors: Bill Johnston, professor of Japanese history, and Eiko Otake, Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Center for Creative Research Fellow
Instructors: Manju Hingorani, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor of Dance
Instructors: Cassie Meador, Choreographer and Dancer of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (primary teacher), Courtney Fullilove, Assistant Professor of History, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, and John Finn, Professor of Government
Instructors: Mary Alice Haddad, Assistant Professor of Government, and Cassie Meador, Choreographer of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Instructors: Liz Lerman, Choreographer and Dancer of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (primary teacher), Bill Herbst, Professor of Astronomy, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Religion, and Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Leigh Fondakowski, Playwright
Instructors: Assistant Professor Gillian Goslinga and Jill Sigman, Founder and Creative Director of jill sigman/thinkdance
DANC 244: Delicious Movement for Reflecting on Nakedness
Instructor: Eiko Otake, Choreographer and Dancer
DANC 224: Delicious Movement for Reflecting on Nakedness
Instructors: Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Creative Campus Fellow
Instructors: Professor William Johnston, Eiko Otake, Choreographer, Dancer, and Creative Campus Fellow, and Jill Sigman, Founder and Creative Director of jill sigman/thinkdance, Creative Campus Fellow
Instructors: Liz Lerman, Creative Campus Fellow, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder of Urban Bush Women