Interdisciplinary Humanities Collaborations in the Virtual Classroom Grant

Creativity and flexibility are required to run virtual classrooms, and while Zoom and other web conferencing software create specific challenges, they also offer unprecedented ways for both instructors and students to innovate the classroom experience.

To support HFA faculty who seek to integrate new collaborative possibilities into their remote teaching, the IHC announces a grant for the 2020-21 academic year: Interdisciplinary Humanities Collaborations in the Virtual Classroom. This grant will support HFA faculty members interested in partnering with another faculty member, teaching artist, or community organization to create an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental or cross-institutional component for a course they will be teaching.  These collaborations can be integrated into undergraduate and graduate courses throughout the 2020-21 academic year.


  1. Schedule your undergraduate or graduate course at the same time as a topically related course taught by a UCSB faculty member from a different department. For any number of the class meetings, combine the two virtual classroom. You and the other instructor may decide to co-lecture or alternate lecture presentations. Students from the two classes may also be brought together in discussion sections.
  2. Establish a collaboration between your undergraduate or graduate seminar and a similar course being offered by a colleague on another campus. Deliver the lectures synchronously or asynchronously. Create interactive opportunities for the students from the two courses, such as group presentations and assignments, break-out or smaller group discussions, and/or other collaborative projects.
  3. For your performance or studio course, engage a teaching artist to provide a portion of the instruction.
  4. Collaborate with a cultural institution on developing assignments, projects, and/or speaker presentations that utilize that institution’s collections, archives, and pedagogical resources.
  5. For courses that teach oral ethnographic practices, collaborate with your community partner to move fieldwork into a virtual format.

Awards of up to $2,000 per collaboration will be made, and award funds can be used for teaching stipends.

Interested faculty are encouraged to contact IHC Director Susan Derwin ( in advance of the deadline to discuss proposals.

To apply for an Interdisciplinary Humanities Collaborations in the Virtual Classroom grant, complete the online application below by July 31, 2020.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Collaborations in the Virtual Classroom Grant Application

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Attach a budget of proposed expenses. PDF file required.