Team-Taught Courses

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. Following a competitive, CUNY-wide application process, five to seven courses are selected annually for support from the Futures Initiative, with faculty teaching these courses designated as Faculty Fellows. These courses are designed to exemplify equity and innovation, and promote the Futures Initiative’s goals of increasing faculty diversity and establishing robust peer mentoring among faculty members across the CUNY system. Spanning many content areas, the courses emphasize creative, student-centered pedagogy and interdisciplinarity in their methods.

The courses create collaborations across the CUNY campuses and work towards a larger goal of public engagement. In addition to connecting faculty members from multiple CUNY colleges, by focusing on graduate pedagogy as well as ways doctoral students can apply student-centered methods in their own classrooms, they create renewed possibilities for graduate students to consider their dual role as learners and as instructors and valued junior colleagues. To solidify this connection, undergraduates who are taking courses taught by graduate students in Futures Initiative courses are invited to apply to become Undergraduate Leadership Fellows in a competition each spring.

Futures Initiative courses are structured to support the connections between the three pillars of higher education: research, teaching, and service to society. The courses complement and contribute to our public programming through conferences, symposia, and the ongoing University Worth Fighting For series.

Interested in teaching in 2020-2021? Applications are being accepted until October 21, 2019. Learn more or apply now!

2019-2020 Courses

Fall 2019

  1. Voices of the City (Profs. Tarry Hum and Prithi Kanakamedala); Thurs 2pm
  2. Climate Change and Discursive Frames (Profs. David Lindo Atichati and José del Valle); Thurs 11:45am
  3. Interdisciplinary Topics in Law: Mothers in Law (Profs. Sara McDougall and Julie Suk); Mon 11:45am
  4. Transformations of Modernity, 1914-present (Profs. Karen Miller and Andrea Morrell); Thurs 4:15pm

Spring 2020

  1. Introduction to Engaged Teaching for Transformative Learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Profs. Cathy N. Davidson and Eduardo Vianna)
  2. Psychological Dis-ease Swelling in Contentious Times (Profs. Desiree Byrd and Michelle Fine)

View our course archive for a complete list of past courses, or explore the websites and posts below:


Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Call for Proposals: 2020-2021 Team-Taught Intro Courses, Faculty Fellowship - Apply by October 21, 2019 to teach a team-taught course at the Graduate Center and serve as a Futures Initiative Faculty Fellow!… Continue Reading Call for Proposals: 2020-2021 Team-Taught Intro Courses, Faculty Fellowship
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Reading and Speaking Race (Spring, 2019) - Juan Battle (The Graduate Center, Sociology, Urban Education, Public Health) Sigmund Shipp (Hunter College, Urban Policy and Planning) Mondays, 4:15-6:15pm Course Number: IDS 81660… Continue Reading Reading and Speaking Race (Spring, 2019)
Photo of two birds flying in the sky Critical Race Scholarship: Theories and Pedagogies (Spring, 2019) - Michelle Billies (The Graduate Center and Kingsborough Community College, Psychology) Soniya Munshi (Borough of Manhattan Community College,Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice)… Continue Reading Critical Race Scholarship: Theories and Pedagogies (Spring, 2019)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Afrofuturism—Race and Science Fiction (Spring, 2019) - Jonathan Gray (The Graduate Center and John Jay College, English) Joy Sanchez-Taylor (LaGuardia Community College, English) Wednesdays, 11:45am – 1:45pm Course Number: IDS 81640… Continue Reading Afrofuturism—Race and Science Fiction (Spring, 2019)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Mediating Race: Technology, Performance, Politics, and Aesthetics in Popular Culture (Spring, 2019) - Cathy N. Davidson (The Graduate Center, English and the Futures Initiative) Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, Media Culture) Wednesdays, 2-4pm Course Number: IDS… Continue Reading Mediating Race: Technology, Performance, Politics, and Aesthetics in Popular Culture (Spring, 2019)
Professor Ann Kirschner and Tyson Scott Hymes present work from the Future of Work course Mind the Gap (Fall, 2018) - Ann Kirschner (The Graduate Center) Guest lecturers, TBA Tues, 6:30-8:30pm Course number: 63322 Listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies; MALS; Political Science COURSE WEBSITE… Continue Reading Mind the Gap (Fall, 2018)
detail from Matisse's swimming pool cut out, abstract blue figures against burlap Disability, Culture, and Society (Fall, 2018) - Joseph Straus (The Graduate Center, Music) Julia Miele Rodas (Bronx Community College, English) Wednesdays, 2-5pm Course Number: 63321 Listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies; Music; Women’s… Continue Reading Disability, Culture, and Society (Fall, 2018)
Flyer promoting Environmental Psychology of Care - outdoor scene with text The Environmental Psychology of Care (Fall, 2018) - David Chapin (The Graduate Center, Environmental Psychology) Tomoaki Imamichi (LaGuardia Community College, Social Science) Thursdays, 11:45am-1:45pm Course Number: 63320 Listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies;… Continue Reading The Environmental Psychology of Care (Fall, 2018)
Screenshot from Citizen Child website Critical Perspectives on Childhood and Pedagogy (Spring, 2018) - Wendy Luttrell (The Graduate Center, Urban Education; Critical Psychology; Sociology) Amita Gupta (City College, Teaching, Learning & Culture and Early Childhood Education) Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15pm… Continue Reading Critical Perspectives on Childhood and Pedagogy (Spring, 2018)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Change and Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times (Spring, 2018) - Ruth Milkman (The Graduate Center, Sociology) Katherine Chen (City College and The Graduate Center, Sociology) Tuesdays, 4:15pm Course Number: IDS 81640 and SOC 74400; Cross-listed… Continue Reading Change and Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times (Spring, 2018)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Undocumented, Illegal, Citizen: The Politics and Psychology of Belonging in the United States (Fall, 2017) - Colette Daiute (The Graduate Center, Psychology) David Caicedo (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Psychology – Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice) Thursdays, 4:15-6:15pm… Continue Reading Undocumented, Illegal, Citizen: The Politics and Psychology of Belonging in the United States (Fall, 2017)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Rethinking Higher Education for the Knowledge Economy (Fall, 2017) - Ann Kirschner (University Professor, The Graduate Center; Dean Emeritus, Macaulay Honors College) Gilda Barabino (City College, Dean, Grove School of Engineering) Wednesdays,… Continue Reading Rethinking Higher Education for the Knowledge Economy (Fall, 2017)
Students from MS-50 Perform a multi-lingual song for the Futures Initiative Fall Symposium Participatory Action Research in the Borderlands: Research and Pedagogy for the Americas, (Fall, 2017) - Ofelia García (The Graduate Center, Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) Rosario Torres-Guevara (Borough of Manhattan Community College, Academic Literacy and… Continue Reading Participatory Action Research in the Borderlands: Research and Pedagogy for the Americas, (Fall, 2017)
Screenshot of Public School-Art in the City website Public School: Art in the City (Fall, 2017) - Claire Bishop (The Graduate Center, Art History) Paul Ramirez-Jonas (Hunter College, Art) Tuesdays, 12-3pm at different locations around NYC Course Number: IDS 81630 COURSE… Continue Reading Public School: Art in the City (Fall, 2017)
Students from Social Construction of Childhood present a poster on global perspectives of childhood The Social Construction of Childhood: Perspectives on Self, Others, Society and Human Rights (Spring, 2017) - Martin Ruck (The Graduate Center, Psychology) Erika Niwa (The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, Psychology) Tuesdays, 2-4pm COURSE WEBSITE (requires log-in) This course… Continue Reading The Social Construction of Childhood: Perspectives on Self, Others, Society and Human Rights (Spring, 2017)
Screenshot of Teaching of Psychology website Seminar and Practicum on the Teaching of Psychology (Spring, 2017) - Patricia Brooks (The Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, Psychology) Jill Grose-Fifer (The Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal… Continue Reading Seminar and Practicum on the Teaching of Psychology (Spring, 2017)
Diana Romero and Ananya Mukherjea present projects from their team-taught course Social Inequality & Health Disparities: Sex, Gender and Reproduction (Spring, 2017) - Diana Romero (Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health, Community, Society and Health, Public Health Program) Ananya Mukherjea (College of… Continue Reading Social Inequality & Health Disparities: Sex, Gender and Reproduction (Spring, 2017)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) The Public and Publics (Spring, 2017) - Setha Low (The Graduate Center, Environmental Psychology, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Women’s Studies) Amy Chazkel (The Graduate Center and Queens… Continue Reading The Public and Publics (Spring, 2017)
Photo of protestors holding signs. Image is focused on African American woman holding a sign that says, "Unite Here!" Race and Gender Theory in the Undergraduate Humanities Classroom (Spring, 2017) - Cathy N. Davidson (The Graduate Center, English) Michael Gillespie (City College, Black Studies and Film Studies) Shelly Eversley (Baruch College, English) will… Continue Reading Race and Gender Theory in the Undergraduate Humanities Classroom (Spring, 2017)
Screenshot of American Literature, American Learning website American Literature, American Learning (Spring, 2016) - Cathy N. Davidson (Graduate Center, Futures Initiative and English) and Danica Savonick (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Center, English and Graduate Fellow with the… Continue Reading American Literature, American Learning (Spring, 2016)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Mindfulness and STEM Education (Spring, 2016) - David Forbes (Brooklyn College, School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership) and Gillian Bayne (Lehman College, STEM Education) U ED 72200, Spring 2016, The Graduate… Continue Reading Mindfulness and STEM Education (Spring, 2016)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Agency and Social Transformation: Increasing Equity in Education and Beyond (Spring, 2016) - Anna Stetsenko (Graduate Center, Psychology/Urban Education) and Eduardo Vianna (Social Sciences, LaGuardia Community College)  PSYC 80103, Spring 2016, The Graduate Center, CUNY Crosslisted… Continue Reading Agency and Social Transformation: Increasing Equity in Education and Beyond (Spring, 2016)
Global Perspectives on Language and Education Poster Session Global Perspectives on Language and Education (Fall, 2015) - Ofelia Garcia (Graduate Center, Urban Education and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages) and Carmina Makar (City College, Teaching Learning and Culture)… Continue Reading Global Perspectives on Language and Education (Fall, 2015)
Icons that represent teamwork and learning (a handshake, people raising their hands, two people reading next to one another, a network of three people) Encountering Cuba – Global Race, Postcoloniality, Cultural Expression (Fall, 2015) - Kandice Chuh (Graduate Center, English) and Sujatha Fernandes (Queens College, Sociology) Cuba has long loomed large in the U.S. imagination, whether by… Continue Reading Encountering Cuba – Global Race, Postcoloniality, Cultural Expression (Fall, 2015)
Stylized map of NYC showing courses taught by grad students About Mapping the Futures of Higher Education (Spring, 2015) - Taught by Futures Initiative Director Cathy Davidson and Graduate Center President Emeritus William Kelly, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education was a radically… Continue Reading About Mapping the Futures of Higher Education (Spring, 2015)