Creating Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching among College and University Faculty

Creating Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching among College and University Faculty

by Lisa R. Lattuca
     
 

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Interdisciplinarity, a favorite buzzword of faculty and administrators, has been appropriated to describe so many academic pursuits that it is virtually meaningless. With a writing style that is accessible, fluid, and engaging, Lisa Lattuca remedies this confusion with an original conceptualization of interdisciplinarity based on interviews with faculty who are…  See more details below

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Interdisciplinarity, a favorite buzzword of faculty and administrators, has been appropriated to describe so many academic pursuits that it is virtually meaningless. With a writing style that is accessible, fluid, and engaging, Lisa Lattuca remedies this confusion with an original conceptualization of interdisciplinarity based on interviews with faculty who are engaged in its practice.

Whether exploring the connections between apparently related disciplines, such as English and women's studies, or such seemingly disparate fields as economics and theology, Lattuca moves away from previous definitions based on the degrees of integration across disciplines and instead focuses on the nature of the inquiry behind the work. She organizes her findings around the processes through which faculty pursue interdisciplinarity, the contexts (institutional, departmental, and disciplinary) in which faculty are working, and the ways in which those contexts relate to and affect the interdisciplinary work. Her findings result in useful suggestions for individuals concerned with the meaning of faculty work, the role and impact of disciplines in academe today, and the kinds of issues that should guide the evaluation of faculty scholarship.

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Lisa Lattuca's work is a significant and powerful contribution to the literature on higher education. With enthusiasm, I recommend this book to faculty and graduate students who study higher education, institutional leaders, deans, and chairpersons of tenure and promotion committees seeking to develop deeper understanding of less traditional forms of scholarship, and faculty members engaged in or considering doing interdisciplinary work.
—Ann Austin

Lisa Lattuca gleans the lived experience of interdisciplinary research and teaching from interviews across a wide spectrum of disciplines and fields. While framing her study with a review of pertinent literature, she bases her analysis on the implicit constructions of interdisciplinarity in her informants' work. The result is a more complex and nuanced picture of the nature, processes, and contexts of interdisciplinary scholarship in varied departmental, disciplinary and institutional cultures.
—Julie Klein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826513830
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2001
Series:
Vanderbilt Issues in Higher Education Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Co-author with Joan S. Stark of Shaping the College Curriculum: Academic Plans in Action, Lisa R. Lattuca is assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Counseling Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago.

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