IIT Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellowship is a program organized and run by James Madison College, the residential liberal arts college at Michigan State. Graduate students from all colleges and departments within the university are eligible to apply, and 6-8 students are selected every year. 

The fellowship serves a multitude of purposes:

Selected Readings:

For a full summary of the fellowship requirements and list of readings, view the 2021-2022 syllabus here. 

My Teaching Project

I completed my teaching and learning project under the guidance of sociologist Gene Burns, James Madison College faculty and author of The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States (Cambridge UP, 2010).

For my project, I created a web-based platform to house my syllabus info as well as an interdisciplinary writing assignment for a course that I have experience teaching, EC202 - Introduction to Macroeconomics. I have two primary aims for this project:

Aim 2 represents the bulk of my teaching project. I identify five topics from my introductory macroeconomics curriculum that have interesting interactions with other disciplines. For each, I provide a set of resources (articles, videos, podcasts, etc) that represent alternative perspectives on the topic. I then ask each student to write an essay answering a reflection question that requires them to successfully integrate knowledge from economics and one of the alternative disciplines. 

You can find the website, which contains example syllabus info from Spring 2022 and the writing assignment resources, here: https://sites.google.com/view/gardnerec202/home

Navigate to the "Interdisciplinary Writing Assignment" section to explore the nature of the assignment and access the materials for alternative disciplinary perspectives on topics in economics. Below are links from the site to the topics available as essay subjects. 




Economic Growth

The Labor Force