Interdisciplinary Teaching Awards

The Office of the Provost launched the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Awards (ITA) Program in 2019. The program is designed to encourage and support faculty interested in creating new courses, or redesigning existing ones, that cut across the boundaries of departments and schools. It aims to spur faculty collaboration across disciplines and advance innovative interdisciplinary education and inquiry. The ITA program awards grants, up to $20,000, to teams of faculty members from different departments or schools to collaborate on the development and teaching of undergraduate or graduate courses.

Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Teaching Awardees

Interdisciplinary Weight Management Education to Address Weight Bias Across Health Professions: Toward Improved Health Care for People with Obesity

Sharon Akabas

Associate Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics and in the Institute of Human Nutrition)
Associate Director, Education Initiatives in the Institute of Human Nutrition
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

​Laurel Abbruzzese

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Physical Therapy)
Director, Westside Dance Physical Therapy Performing Arts Fellowship
Director, Programs in Physical Therapy
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

​Sally Aboelela

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director, Online Prerequisites for Entry to Nursing (OPEN) Program
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Mathematics and the Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Innovation

Michael Harris

Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

​Gayatri Spivak

University Professor in the Humanities
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Spring 2019 Interdisciplinary Teaching Awardees

Craft, Literature, and Data: Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Analyses of Technical Texts

Pamela Smith

Seth Low Professor of History
Department of History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Founding Director, Center for Science and Society
Affiliate, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

​Dennis Tenen

Assistant Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Affiliate, Data Science Institute; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Graduate Symposium in Medical Humanities


Arden Hegele

Lecturer
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mellon Teaching Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities
Fellow, Heyman Center for the Humanities


Rita Charon

Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics and of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics
Director, Program in Narrative Medicine
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Affiliate, Center for the Study of Social Difference; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Menstruation, Gender and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Addressing Complex Questions


Inga Winkler

Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Rights
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Affiliate, Center for the Study of Social Difference

Lauren Houghton

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Affiliate, Center for the Study of Social Difference


Noémie Elhadad

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Affiliate, Data Science Institute; Department of Computer Science, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Center for the Study of Social Difference


Anja Tolonen

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Barnard College
Affiliate, Center for the Study of Social Difference; Center for Development Economics and Policy; Barnard Center for Research on Women