Faculty-led discussion-based courses for freshmen. Small class sizes / 1–2 credits / Credit-no credit
Learn “shoulder-to-shoulder” with UW faculty as they share their passion for subjects that interest them most. Explore big ideas, sample an unfamiliar discipline, learn about leadership and enjoy community within a small group of students.
Taso Lagos was born in Greece and came to the United States with his family when he was eight. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Lagos leads the Greece Study Abroad program for the Jackson School of International Studies.
I am a lecturer in the Jackson School of International Studies and also the Director of the Greece Study Abroad Program there. I founded the Athens Study Abroad Program in 2005. I also teach in Honors and in Human Center Design and Engineering.
Three pieces of advice for freshmen:
Advice for freshmen: Become a global citizen; ;sign up for a newspaper subscription (online or print); take a person of a different political or social persuasion than you to coffee once a quarter.
Teaching is equal parts craft and a mission for me. I love the opportunity to engage students in thoughtful discussion and to see them ponder the values of ideas. Nothing like seeing their faces light up when they come up with an interesting mental discovery!
This class looks at dissent through the lens of Hollywood filmmaking and discuses its impact on American Democracy. Each week we will focus on a different feature film, dissect it and discuss its probable role in the larger cultural and political context. Students will be expected to lead at least one class discussion to develop their leadership and rhetorical skills. Class culminates in a mini-demonstration in Red Square.
James teaches and mentors students about issues of privilege, oppression, social justice and allyship. He is the founder and faculty adviser for the Anti-Racism and White Allyship Group and the faculty advisor for the UW SSW feminist women’s group. His community activities have included a multi-year Presidency of the Seattle Chapter of Amigos de las Americas (a non-profit that prepares and sends high school and college youth to Latin America to work on sustainable community development projects) and co-founding and currently serving as President of the Whidbey Island PFLAG Chapter (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian and Gays).
I teach graduate social work students foundational direct practice social work skills, including how to build relationships, communicate effectively, engage and work effectively across many kinds of cultural differences, assess and intervene in social work practice with individuals, couples and families. I teach a course, Social Work for Social Justice, that helps Master of Social Work students understand the power, privilege, and oppression dynamics that operate in our lives and the lives of our clients depending upon various social identities--race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, ability statuses, etc. I'm the founder and multi-year faculty adviser for the UW Registered Student Organization, Anti-Racism and White Allies Group For the 2013-14 academic year, I'm the advisor also for the School of Social Work Women’s Group. We are currently planning a campus-wide Male Ally workshop for spring 2014. I co-facilitate the SSW's Field Training Module on Culturally Responsive Practice.
Almost all my teaching has been with MSW graduate students. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my many years working with high school students and recent high school graduates, preparing them to travel to Latin America to work on sustainable community development projects over the summer.
I love facilitating and mentoring the complex process of students professional and personal development, gaining confidence to see and use the strengths they have, to address challenges and obstacles in their path, to learn how to collaborate with others to make this world a more just place for everyone, to find and follow their passion and connect that passion deeply to their evolving life narratives.
Leanne possesses an all-encompassing commitment to environmental and social justice, as well as fostering personal and societal health and wellness. Her interests include sustainable housing, transportation and food systems, cultural and linguistic empowerment, and the domestic arts (crafting, cooking, and creative re-use/repurposing).
Throughout the year, I coordinate the Masters in Social Work (MSW) Extended Degree Program at the UW School of Social Work. In winter quarter, I teach a course for Bachelor’s in Social Work (BASW) students entitled, “Writing for Social Welfare Courses”. Additionally, I train and supervise the peer writing tutors that comprise the social work writing support team.
During my own college education, I took a seminar designed for first-year students and it transformed my undergraduate experience. In the small setting of a seminar, first-year students can engage with complex and challenging issues in ways that can have profound impacts on the rest of their undergraduate journey.
I’ve designed and developed a writing course that uses a social work framework to develop, strengthen, and practice undergraduate level writing in critically conscious ways. My teaching emphasizes self-reflection and critical inquiry.
The college years offer an extended opportunity for intellectual, social, political and personal growth. Who am I? Who am I becoming? How do I find my place among the diverse UW student body? Students often explore their various identities — race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc. — in ways that profoundly affect their life commitments, careers, and trajectories. These developmental processes are exhilarating, confusing, and empowering. Together we’ll apply knowledge from identity development models to our developmental processes. How do my various identities shape my perspectives, my opportunities, my challenges? First year students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to enroll.
The throes of melancholy; the unbounded highs of mania; recurrent, irrational, paralyzing fears; the gradual loss of memory (and possibly humanity). These are merely descriptions of the depths to explore of emotion and cognition in mental illness. What are the realms of suffering encountered in mental illness? How does culture affect the expression of suffering? Do we have a grasp of what it means to suffer? Through an examination of science, literature, history, and culture we will step back from colloquial understandings of disease and mental illness and critically examine the interplay between society and psychiatry.
Professor Chizeck is in Electrical Engineering, with an Adjunct appointment in Bioengineering and he is also in the graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior. His research is in telerobotics and in neural engineering. The telerobotic research includes contol and security, surgical robotics and underwater robotics. The neural engineering research includes brain-computer interfaces and the development of assistive devices. His hacking experience dates to 1967.
I teach undergraduates and graduate students. I am a research and thesis advisor to students. I conduct research in telerobotics and in neural engineering.
Three pieces of advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions--others will be grateful when you do; try out different topics and classes--you may discover that you are good at something that you may not have considered before; try to be adaptable--as your interests, skills, knowlege and experiences accumulate.
What I love is surfing on the edge of new knowledge, learning and creating--and helping students to learn and create.
Robots are among us, and their numbers are increasing. Some, like surgical and rescue robots, are helpful. Some, like companion robots and robotic toys, bring joy to their owners. Some appear to be almost human — often disturbingly so. Others look like animals. Some, like surveillence robots and military robots, may be frightening. Some threaten the jobs of certain groups. There are legal, social, economic and psychological issues arising from the integration of robots in our daily lives. This seminar will explore these topics.
Joseph Sisneros is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. He is also an affiliate faculty of the UW Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center and the UW Graduate program in Neurobiology and Behavior.
Teach many courses on animal behavior and perform research on the sensory biology of fishes.
To give freshman an appreciation of the type of animal behavior research that is conduct at the academic level.
Get to incorporate my research into my teachings.
Have you ever wondered how complex animal communication signals may have evolved? The objective of this weekly freshman seminar is to provide a general understanding of the principles and mechanisms that govern the evolution of animal communication systems and the related processes of perception, thinking, and social behavior. The emphasis will be on integrating information from areas of animal behavior and communication sciences to make this understanding as general as possible. The seminar will primarily consist of group discussions of research topics and papers related to the field of animal communication.
Dr. Kari Lerum is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Cultural Studies at University of Washington, Bothell, and Adjunct Faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at University of Washington, Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Washington, Seattle. Professor Lerum’s teaching, research, and scholarship centers on the critical study of social inequality, focusing on the relationship between sexuality, power, and context. Her recent research has critically evaluated popular discourses about the "sexualization of girls," and discourses and policies about sex work and human trafficking. Her articles have appeared in a number of sociology and sexuality journals and edited volumes, and her current research includes a community-based project with transgender sex workers. She also writes for a variety of feminist and sexuality-related blogs.
I am an Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, and an affiliate faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at UW Seattle.
I'm currently writing an introductory textbook on Sexuality Studies; teaching this Collegium Seminar will be part of my writing process.
I love having conversations with people over issues that matter. Sexuality matters to all of us, so these are always good conversations.
Why is sexuality such a contentious issue in the United States, and around the world? What do people even mean by "sexuality"? Who are the stakeholders in debates about sexuality, and how do their positions align with different ideological assumptions about what it means to live a healthy and fulfilling life? This course will focus on the politics of sexuality in the United States, with some cross national/regional comparisons. The course will help students gain a deeper sense of how various cultural and ideological positions bring about different logics of sexuality, the body, rights, personhood, and social & global responsibility.
Professor of Scandinavian Studies. Owns a Bernese Mountain dog and two rex rabbits.
At the UW I teach, learn, administrate and research.
I have a passion for teaching.
I love helping students discover a new part of the world with a different set of ideologies.
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Brinda Jegatheesan is Associate Professor in Educational Psychology. She specializes in the Psychology of Child- Animal Interactions with a Cross-Cultural focus. Her research is comparative international.
I am an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology. My specialization is in the psychology of child-animal interactions. I work with shelters, wild life foundations and other animal organizations in providing children with opportunities to learn and develop mindfulness, compassion and a reverence for life through exposure, experiences and interactions with animals.
Advice to freshmen: Learn about a new area that impacts lives positively; make a difference in the lives of children and animals by applying your new knowledge; learn that the natural world has deep life lessons for children in their every life and well-being.
I love teaching about this area because students leave my lectures learning new things never learned before and they understand deeply the tremendous impact animals have on the lives of children.
How do animals impact children in their everyday life? What are the different ways children encounter animals? Why are interactions with animals important to children’s development and health? This seminar will provide an understanding of how children’s lives are enriched by the love and companionship of a pet. Topics include the role pets and therapeutic animals play in children’s health and development, animal assisted therapies, how young children think about animals and cultural attitudes towards animals. The course is discussion based and you will learn via classroom and on-site, using visuals and discussions with guests who work with children and animals.
John Vidale is Director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and the Washington State Seismologist. His research focuses on earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth structure, and their societal risks. He attended Yale, wrestled his PhD from Caltech, then toiled for UC Santa Cruz and the USGS, taught at UCLA for a decade, finally arriving in Seattle in 2006. His honors include the Macelwane Medal (1994) from the American Geophysical Union and the Researcher of the Year from the College of the Environment at UW (2011).
I study earthquakes and volcanoes, also serve as the State Seismologist, working with graduate students, fellow scientists, and State and Federal officials, and informing the public.
Advice to freshmen: trust your profs' dicta but verify; don't be passive, avoid sitting in the back of class if you take the trouble to show up; tackle new ground for your edification.
I love that science can be fascinating (sometimes), steadily advancing (sometimes), and of great practical use (sometimes).
Although research is usually conducted well, in notable cases scientific method has gone awry with dramatic and long-lasting results. We will review one concrete example of contentious science each week.Topics are a mix of fraud, philosophical differences and unresolvable interpretations. They include these misadventures: earthquake prediction; the Piltdown Man; Trofim Lysenko, whose misbegotten genetic theories starved millions of Soviets and Chinese; creationist challenges to evolution; homeopathy; cold fusion; the Papp engine; and global warming.
Alyssa Taylor is a lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering. She graduated in 2010 with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her position at the UW is focused on undergraduate education, and she teaches freshmen through senior-level bioengineering courses.
As a lecturer, my position is focused on undergraduate education. My teaching activities are focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating core introductory and laboratory courses for bioengineering undergraduates, as well as co-facilitating the BIOE Capstone Design sequence. I am pursuing continuous program improvement activities, with the ultimate goal of optimizing undergraduate bioengineering curriculum design and student learning outcomes. As a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, I strive to use my research experience and training to engage and motivate students.
One of my favorite parts of teaching is when I have the opportunity to closely interact with students. In the Collegium Seminar forum, I am able to meet and talk with a small group of students and create a welcoming atmosphere, while engaging in motivating discussions around a mutual area of interest.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as an educator. I am excited about exposing students to bioengineering challenges and solutions and the tools and approaches used to solve biomedical problems. I am helping to motivate and prepare future researchers and innovators who will contribute to the advancement of healthcare.
If you have ever been to the doctor, chances are that you have benefited from a biomedical innovation. In this seminar, we will explore innovations for both developed and developing world healthcare, in areas such as biomedical implants, diagnostics, tissue engineering, prosthetics, disease prevention, and emergency medicine. We will investigate established and emerging technologies developed by bioengineers for the advancement of healthcare. Students will have the opportunity to research and present on one innovation of particular interest to themselves. We will discuss the wide range of bioengineering-related challenges and solutions and the opportunities available in this field.
“Diversity issues in Science" has been taught by Dr. Traxler since 2005. It is a seminar course focused on discussion of how people of different ethnic/social groups or nationalities experience “research” and how research impacts peoples’ lives. Issues include what informed consent for research means, how different people perceive ethical research, and how politics can inform and affect scientific research.
I am a Pharmacologist by trade. I run a small lab that studies the molecular pharmacology of the G-protein coupled receptors, which are targeted by ~40-60% of all medicines. I teach Medical, Pharmacy, Graduate and Undergraduate students about how drugs are used to treat disease.
I joined the UW in 2005 in the Department of Pharmacology and obtained tenure in 2012. I run a small NIH funded lab (~10 people) that studies the molecular pharmacology of the G-protein coupled receptors. I teach medical, pharmacy, graduate and undergraduate students. I sit on various committees and help run Departmental functions. Typical stuff.
Three pieces of advice for freshmen: study hard; study what you love; don't forget to have fun!
I am a Pharmacologist. I obtained my BS in Biology/Pharmacology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the birthplace of Problem Based Learning. My passion is to merge PBL with modern technology to educate young people interested in Health Sciences about Pharmacology. In the past I introduced podcasts and PBL format to pharmacy and medical students. Currently I am coding an iPhone app that will provide study tools to Health Care professional students. My future goal is to create an Undergraduate Pharmacology co-op program that prepares students for careers in the Pharmaceutical sciences by providing internships in the public and private sector.
Are you interested in drugs? Steroids. Heroin. Anti-histamines. Viagra. Antibiotics. Marijuana. Chemotherapeutics. Aspirin. Methamphetamine. Cough syrup. Insulin. Cocaine. Do you wonder why they work? How they are discovered? Where they come from? The way we study them? What they do in the body, and what the body does to them? How they are regulated by the government? This seminar will introduce you to the wonderful world of Pharmacology, or the science of drugs. If you aim to attend Medical/Pharmacy/Dental school, or are just curious about drugs, please join us for an engaging discussion!
I have spent much of my educational and professional career at the UW, earning my Bachelors and Law Degrees here. After practicing law for a few years and attending medical school out of state, I returned to the UW for my specialty training in psychiatry. I have a subspecialty in forensic psychiatry. Now faculty at the UW, I enjoy teaching at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics.
I am clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. I treat a diverse patient population and enjoy teaching and supervising doctors in this exciting specialty.
Advice to freshman: Be curious about what you are learning; don't let fear of making a mistake or being wrong prevent you from trying something new; read a book for pleasure once in a while. It's easy to stop doing that.
With a background in law and psychiatry, I love to explore topics at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics.
This seminar will explore highly-publicized and social topics relating to mental health. Using stories from television and print media as a backdrop for discussion, we will examine differing viewpoints related to public concerns regarding persons with mental illness. Among others, topics covered will include: violence among persons with mental illness; civil commitment and access to treatment; assisted suicide; medicating children; and jails and prisons as institutions for the mentally ill. For each topic, we will discuss relevant law, ethical concerns, and society's response to often competing values and concerns.
This innovative seminar invites students to select their own book and/or choose from a list of more than 70 titles for a critical analysis of themes reflective of race, ethnicity, gender and well-being. A vast selection include fiction, non-fiction, classics, text-books, comic/graphics, biographies, horror, science-fiction, fantasy, dystopian. Major theoretical categories are Conflict (power, race/ethnicity, hierarchy, politics, and economics), Functionalism (structures, roles, norms, traditions, and institutions) and Interactionism (perceptions, identity- formation, and symbolism). Major themes are love & sexuality, structural hierarchies, power & authority, law & order, social constructions, “Survival of the Fittest”, Institutional irresponsibility, family, multiculturalism, globalization and immigration.
Born in Los Angeles while my father was fighting in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, I have a PhD in English Literature from UC Berkeley and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I am a former Professor Of English at Queen's College in New York, trained in Neurology at Cornell, the founder of the first service in the Puget Sound to treat acute stroke. I have published many articles and two books, Hamlet's Absent Father, and Ancient Zionism.
Director UW clerkship in Neurology.
One piece of advice: Thoughtful work works.
I love the transmission of the ability to think deeply.
In this seminar, we will examine the deep intellectual connection between the way one reads clinical and literary stories. Medicine and literature share a probing pursuit of underlying meaning. Diagnosis is the process of knowing through, a process by which one penetrates surface details to find the best, unifying explanation for the order of the visible details. We will bypass novels and poems about doctors or medicine and dive right into poems by Robert Frost, a play by Shakespeare, and novellas by Julian Barnes, Yasunari Kawabata, and J.L. Carr.
Odai Johnson is a scholar of theatre and performance history.
I teach in the School of Drama's undergraduate curriculum; I direct the Doctoral Program for History and Theory of theatre, and I run the Center for Performance Studies.
Advice to freshmen: Read everything; it's ok to be unsure; nobody knows who they will be yet; curiosity will always take you further than knowledge.
What I love about teaching is sharing the complexities of really good dramatic literature and introducing students to the potency of the form.
Everything of importance in the last two hundred and fifty years happened first in the theatre. Every major movement, every major social change, began in the theatre. In ten weeks we will look at ten major issues that shaped the modern world as seen through the dramatic literature that first envisioned it.