Circuits Webinar: Impacts of Arts-Integrative & Interdisciplinary Practices on Research Universities

How does the integration of the arts and design into teaching, research, and community engagement impact students? Faculty? The community? Individual disciplines?


What are the roles and impacts of the arts, design, and interdisciplinary practice on teaching, research, and engagement in research universities? How do they impact students? Faculty? The community? Individual disciplines? What about the products and practices that emerge from the studio, the laboratory, and the community?

In a webinar on July 18, 2018, the a2ru research team will present a high-level overview of findings, including our synthesis of the results of over 300 interviews with faculty and academic leadership at over 38 research universities. We will also discuss resources for case-making, next-steps in our research process, and we’ll conclude by fielding questions and insights from participants.

Speaker Bios

Gabriel Harp
Research Director
ArtsEngine; Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities
University of Michigan

Gabriel Harp is the Research Director for a2ru, where he leads the Mellon SPARC project and a2ru’s research agenda. The SPARC project makes use of hundreds of interviews with faculty and administrators from over 35 research universities—as well as supporting materials and documents—to identify and highlight patterns and practices for arts-driven research, collaborative know-how, curriculum, and organizational design in higher education. Prior to joining a2ru and returning to the University of Michigan, Gabriel lived in the San Francisco Bay Area leading strategic foresight, organization change design, large-scale social science research initiatives, arts research, and software design projects for the Institute for the Future, ecoAmerica, XPLANE, Microsoft, Intel, WattTime, GE, CoClimate, The World Health Organization, the California Community College System, and Nokia. Gabriel also spent four years teaching and leading experimental art, design, technology, and public policy labs in Bangalore for the Center for Study of Science Technology and Public Policy (CSTEP), the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS), and the Srishti Center for Experimental Media Art (CEMA). Gabriel was originally trained in evolutionary ecology and behavior while studying the evolution of sex and parasitism in freshwater snails and floral evolution in flowering plants.

Veronica Stanich
Research Associate
ArtsEngine; Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities
University of Michigan

Veronica Dittman Stanich holds a PhD in Dance Studies from the Ohio State University. Her interview- and observation-based research investigating audience responses to postmodern dance has been published in Dance Chronicle and presented to the Congress on Research in Dance. Additional research into arts-integrated teaching at the University of Michigan has resulted in whitepapers and case-studies circulated across the university. Currently, she is working with a2ru’s Research Director to analyze and synthesize interview data on arts integration impacts; issues around tenure and promotion for those engaged in arts, design, and interdisciplinary practices; and collaboration. She continues to teach undergraduate courses in writing about performance and in dance.