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. 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, thereby gaining 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.
While many courses at Wesleyan could be considered co-taught, the courses listed below were developed in collaboration with Feet to the Fire.
Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies
Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Cassie Meador and Matt Mahaney of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
John Finn, Professor of Government, Courtney Fullilove, Assistant Professor of History, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies, and Cassie Meador, Choreographer/dancer
Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies, and Leigh Fondakowski, Playwright
William Johnston, Chair of Asian Languages and Literatures and Professor of History, East Asian Studies, and Science in Society, and Creative Campus Initiative Fellow, Eiko Otake