Why teaching networks?

Because we typically develop courses (or course units) as independent projects, topics of broad interest often permeate our curriculum in a piecemeal way: no one knows who else is teaching similar material. But if we could connect the dots in curriculum development — sharing knowledge, experience and resources — wouldn’t that be helpful?

Take, for example, the issue of migration. The topic is a “burning issue” in the Middle East and in Europe; at the same time, it also affects the current political discourse in the US and even crops up as a pressing issue in discussions of the future effects of global warming. Some faculty may dedicate an entire course to migration; others may have a single class period that touches upon it. Regardless, these faculty may benefit from exchange and interaction. GEI serves as a clearinghouse to bring interested faculty together for discussion and more.

There are no pre-determined or required outcomes for teaching networks. It’s possible that some interactions among classes might occur, or a few professors might ask for resources to bring a particular speaker to campus. The network might spawn a reading group, or even future curriculum development grants. In many cases, CGRS has funding to help with this work—even enough to provide stipends for participants.

Current Teaching Networks

Migration and Refugees

David Tompkins
Associate Professor of History
Director of European Studies

Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, and National Identity

In transition

Social Inequality

Annette Nierobisz
Professor of Sociology
Broom Fellow for Public Scholarship

Middle East Connections

Noah Salomon
Associate Professor of Religion
Director of Middle East Studies

Questions? Suggestions?

If you have questions about teaching networks or would like to propose a theme for a new teaching network (which CGRS could assist in forming), please contact us.