Developing an Interdisciplinary Research Curriculum for Honors and Beyond

Eligibility: Full-time faculty

Amount: Each participant will receive $500 in professional development funds

Submission: Online Application

Due Date: May 15, 2021

Purpose and Description

The purpose of this community is to involve faculty from each of the five Oxford-based academic divisions to identify evidence-based strategies to develop structured research curricula for the Honors College. The benefits of this FLC include (1) a deeper understanding for faculty on the topic of research as instruction, (2) working collaboratively to structure a progressive curriculum, with input from students, and (3) developing leadership within the FLC participants. 

Meetings will be held in conjunction with a FYRE class. The meetings will be held every other week from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Mondays. 


  • Members will develop familiarity with the Honors College structure.
  • Members will examine discipline-specify research-based curricula, and the model of "Research as Instruction."
  • Members will read and discuss literature on interdisciplinary research.
  • Members will become familiar with the Researcher Skills Development framework (RSD).
  • Members will explore interdisciplinary themes to serve as a basis for research-based curricula. 
  • Members will incorporate student associate feedback to structure intentional pathways to research.
  • Members will use the FLC experience to consider sustained professional development opportunities in collaboration with the Honors College and with departments will result in the development and offerings of research-based curricula. 
  • Members will participate as guest speakers in a one-credit hour "Introduction to Research" seminar for Honors Students. 


  • Zeb Baker, Honors College; Co-facilitator
  • Yildirim Dilek, Geology & Environmental Earth Science
  • Joyce Fernandes, Office of Undergraduate Research; Co-facilitator
  • Joseph Johnson, Psychology
  • Pascal Massie, Philosophy
  • Zara Torlone, French, Italian & Classical Studies
  • Elizabeth Wilson, Comparative Religion