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VPA’s Interdisciplinary Research Group seeks faculty fellows for yearlong seminar on ‘New Relevance for Arts and Design Practices’
VPA’s Interdisciplinary Research Group seeks faculty fellows for yearlong seminar on ‘New Relevance for Arts and Design Practices’August 11, 2008Erica Blustesblust@syr.edu
The Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is seeking faculty members from around the University to participate in a seminar on the theme of “New Relevance for Arts and Design Practices.” The seminar, which will be held monthly throughout the 2008-09 academic year, is an interdisciplinary study of the dynamic possibilities in projecting new relevance for the arts, design and cultural practices in academic and educational research and public arts initiatives.
Lead by James Haywood Rolling Jr., associate professor of art education in VPA’s School of Art and Design and SU’s School of Education, and Denise Heckman, associate professor of industrial and interaction design in VPA’s School of Art and Design, the IRG is a faculty-driven, cross-college incubator for development that spotlights a new theme each year and provides a catalyst and resources for developing creative research and/or teaching projects. The goal of the IRG is to establish a peer environment that fosters a longstanding, accumulative and noncompetitive social network.
IRG fellows are expected to participate in monthly meetings structured to offer meaningful interdisciplinary feedback on the fellows’ projects and develop a proposal for either a course or a research project. For this year’s theme, the IRG welcomes ideas for diverse projects that take unexpected directions, such as a new cross-disciplinary course, an exhibition, a performance, a collaboration, a publication or the start of an extended project. An initial project stipend of $1,000 will be made available for each IRG fellow through support from the office of Dean Ann Clarke in VPA.
Faculty members interested in participating must write a letter of interest explaining how their research and/or teaching would benefit from participation in the IRG, no later than Aug. 29 to Rolling at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the application process and the seminar, contact Rolling. For more information about the IRG, including its activities and public events, visit http://vpa.syr.edu/interdisciplinary.
VPA is the creative center of Syracuse University. The college is comprised of five areas: the School of Art and Design; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia. Together, students, faculty and staff play a vital role in the academic and cultural life of the University and Syracuse communities. Learn more about the college at http://vpa.syr.edu.