Equity, Diversity, and Student-Centered Pedagogy Across the Disciplines
One of the Futures Initiative’s key program areas are a unique set of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team-taught courses. To date, the Futures Initiative has supported more than 40 team-taught courses at the CUNY Graduate Center. We’ve partnered with CUNY campuses in all boroughs and have had team-taught courses with CUNY’s professional schools, such as CUNY School of Law and the CUNY School of Public Health.
Each year, we select proposals from faculty across CUNY to inspire students with interdisciplinary and innovative courses. Our team-taught courses provide opportunities for faculty to learn from each other and their students in a more equitable learning-teaching arrangement. For students, courses are structured to support the connections between the three pillars of higher education: research, teaching, and service to society. In addition to connecting faculty members from multiple CUNY colleges, by focusing on graduate pedagogy and ways doctoral students can apply student-centered methods in their own classrooms, the courses create renewed possibilities for graduate students to consider their dual role as learners and instructors.
Our Team-Taught courses pair one central line CUNY Graduate Center faculty member and one CUNY faculty member based at another two or four-year college, many of whom have not previously had the opportunity to teach at the GC. To create a more equitable faculty exchange, FI provides a course buy-out to support the campus faculty member’s involvement, working through Provosts on both campuses. These collaborative efforts create unique, interdisciplinary learning opportunities for both students and instructors.
Goals of Futures Initiative Team-Taught Courses
- Diversity is a key goal of Futures Initiative courses, both in terms of who is teaching, what they teach, and how they teach it. Our FI courses are committed to inclusiveness in all of its forms.
- The Futures Initiative is especially interested in supporting diverse pairs of scholars from the GC and other CUNY colleges, including senior and junior faculty members who have not taught at the GC previously. We hope to support graduate courses in any field that (1) have equity, diversity, inclusion, and innovation built into the course design and that (2) dedicate some of the course to graduate student teaching methods and translation of specialized research for a wider public.
- Critical pedagogy is another FI goal. FI courses include active, engaged learning, experiential learning, project-centered learning, both to offer graduate students the chance to develop as independent thinkers and to try out methods they might also use in the introductory courses they teach across the CUNY system.
- A social equity component—relating course material to social issues, modeling higher education as a public good—is another important factor.
- Global Feminisms (Profs. Saadia Toor and Chaumtoli Huq)
- Consent: Medieval Legacies from Europe and the Islamic Worlds in Comparative Perspective (Profs. Anna Ayse Akasoy and Sara McDougall)
- Decolonial Ecologies (Profs. Ashley Dawson and Ángeles Donoso Macaya)
View our course archive for a complete list of past courses, or explore the websites and posts below: