Forum to examine how students benefit from interdisciplinary outlook

October 9, 2018
Dong Isbister
Frank King

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On Thursday, Nov. 1, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum titled “Strategic Thinking and Transformative Teaching: Reflections on Inter-, Multi-, or Trans-disciplinarity” in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

At the forum, Dr. Dong Isbister, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at UW-Platteville, and Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies at UW-Platteville, will reflect on inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinarity in the context of curriculum development and research. They will then discuss how students at UW-Platteville can benefit from integrating, for instance, interdisciplinary knowledge acquisition into their learning and future professional development. Isbister and King also will discuss the importance of faculty and staff members engaging in effective research, learning, teaching and collaboration.

“As programs across the state and country are being criticized for not being ‘marketable,’ it is important for universities to gain a true understanding of the significance of courses that help students be better communicators and critical thinkers,” noted Isbister and King. “As the workforce becomes more diverse and inclusive, students need to know the lived experience of different groups, especially that of marginalized groups.”

Isbister has taught at UW-Platteville since fall 2013.  Her specialty areas include culture and representation; transnational feminism; and race, sexualities and social justices. She has been engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and research in the United States for 20 years and published journal articles, book chapters and blogs.

King received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and began teaching at UW-Platteville in fall 2014. His teaching and research include issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and religion. His primary research is Hip Hop pedagogy, Black history, the prison industrial complex and criminal justice system. King has had over 10 years in research and understanding of interdisciplinary topics and intersectionality.

The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members. Refreshments will be served.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.


Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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