Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program

2017-18 Application (application due April 9, 2017)


The Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program (IIT) is a partnership between the Michigan State University Graduate School and James Madison Residential College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University.

The primary goal of the IIT Fellowship Program is to broaden and enrich the professional development experience of a diverse group of graduate students by placing them within an environment, James Madison College, with an established tradition in excellence in undergraduate teaching. Selected fellows work closely with a core group of Madison faculty to engage in structured discussions on pedagogy and practice, on interdisciplinary course design and curriculum development, and on general interaction with undergraduates. They also work with core faculty to investigate theoretical and practical applications of interdisciplinary inquiry and research.

In addition to structured discussions, fellows have opportunities to be mentored in preparing to be undergraduate teachers and faculty. Such opportunities include classroom observation, guest lecturing, co-curricular planning, and informal meetings with student groups (e.g. honors options).

Fellows also have opportunities to engage in individual or collaborative research projects in interdisciplinary teaching, and to present their findings in a public forum. Support for this project work will include a speakers series, a working papers series, and the interdisciplinary inquiry collaborative.