Visit TLED’s Teaching Consultations & Support page for comprehensive support in course design, technology tools for teaching, and other high-impact practices. Join our Facebook group where ACC faculty and staff are sharing insights, best practices, and advice. Collegewide updates are available on the Austin Community College Info Hub.

Search TLED
Search ACC
Students in government class

Teaching Between Worlds: Interdisciplinary Studies and You FIG

The Teaching Between Worlds: Interdisciplinary Studies and You Faculty Interest Group will introduce faculty to Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) at Austin Community College (ACC), including an overview of the existing 5 tracks:

    • African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), coordinated by Dr. Corey Greathouse
    • American Studies (AMS), coordinated by Dr. Samuel Echevarria-Cruz
    • Global Studies (GS), coordinated by Amy Velchoff
    • Mexican American Studies (MAS), coordinated by Dr. Lydia CdeBaca-Cruz
    • Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), coordinated by Dr. Sarah Bowman


Faculty will get to select which specific track(s) they are interested in learning more about, and will have the opportunity to engage in reading/ discussion around those areas. Especially motivated and interested faculty will have the option to participate in a 4th session around the INDS course proposal process and will be able to work with a track-specific coordinator to navigate that process.

Preference will be given to faculty who especially express an interest in developing courses for AADS, AMS, and MAS.

For more information, please contact Amy Velchoff (, INDS Faculty Mentor, and Global Studies Track Coordinator.

Meeting Dates & Topics

Topic 1: Introduction to INDS

Discussion of the field of Interdisciplinary Studies more broadly, introduction to ACC specific tracks and coordinators.

Readings: Two short pieces to be engaged with prior to this first meeting, more details to come

Date & Time: September 24, 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Topic 2: Introduction to INDS Tracks

Small group discussions on track-specific reading materials.

Readings: Participants will be provided with a list of track-specific readings to select from and read prior to the session

Date & Time: October 22, 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Topic 3: INDS and YOU

What does it mean to be interdisciplinary? Discussion of next steps for interested faculty – what does the proposal process look like, what are the expectations for INDS faculty, etc?

Date & Time: November 12, 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Topic 4 (Optional): INDS Proposal Process

Work with a track-specific coordinator to cross-walk your course objectives with the track-specific objectives

Date & Time: December 3, 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Applications Closed