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Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL)

 SAIL 2015 group in Jordan

The SAIL 2015 group in Amman, Jordan.

The Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) is a series of annual learning communities built around integrative place-based learning, which enable faculty from ACM colleges to explore a salient topic and collaborate to develop curricular resources.

By immersing faculty in settings that encourage multiple perspectives and collaboration across disciplines, the seminars lay the foundation for the participants to develop innovative, integrative advanced-level coursework.

Funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the SAIL program consists of six annual seminars. Each of the seminars includes an intensive ten-day, on-site seminar at a site that offers rich resources for multidisciplinary lessons about the topic. The off-campus sites include both domestic and international locations.

SAIL Seminars

SAIL Seminar Goals

In effect, SAIL will establish temporary research centers at sites around the globe, challenging participants to leave their physical and intellectual comfort zones and explore big questions through new methodologies and perspectives.

Each SAIL seminar is designed to:

  • Engage 15 ACM faculty across all divisions — math and natural sciences, arts and humanities, and social sciences — as leaders and participants;
  • Examine a broad, enduring topic in multidisciplinary contexts;
  • Foster the development of innovative, integrative curricular resources that will enhance the ability of advanced undergraduates to analyze complex problems from multi-disciplinary perspectives;
  • Travel to a site that would be propitious for exploring the topic from various disciplinary perspectives;
  • Enlist a faculty leadership team representing the three disciplinary divisions to design the intellectual content and direct the seminar;
  • Benefit individual faculty and the advanced students who study with them.

Visit the SAIL Overview for details about the program.