Editorial Statement

Summer 2015

Dear Readers,

In this issue of Impact many of our writers examine the creative process, whether that creativity is imbued in one’s curriculum, music, painting, or writing. Kathleen Vandenberg explains how she created interdisciplinary Rhetoric courses, and Fred Hagstrom reflects on what it takes to create an off-campus study experience that is mindful of the history, art and nature of a host country. Tannous, Hawkins, Tyler and Connell Schaaf all recognize the connection between making art and creating a community, and Grasso’s review reminds us that, especially in war-torn countries, creating a community of learners takes skill, commitment, and an optimism that is as clear-eyed as it is determined. Stevenson’s review suggests why those who create within the genre of horror have something to tell all of us.

We at the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning hope this issue inspires you to create something new. We hope too that as you create a curricula, a painting, an aria or something else altogether, you enjoy the process as much as your readers, students and others learn from the fruits of your labor. If and when you do make something new, send us a line or image from it; snap a picture or send us your thoughts on the creative process.

We want to hear how it goes for you!

Megan Sullivan

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning
Associate Dean, College of General Studies