Cross-faculty Collaboration Was a Critical Barrier to Overcome
Forget zombies. What was really frightening about the course was the prospect of such a broad collaboration. “One of my colleagues jokingly suggested that trying to get eight professors to work together would be like herding cats,” laughs Dr. JuliaGrace Jester, Interim Department Chair of Social Sciences at HACC.
“As a group, we had to make all of the decisions for the class, plan out all of the assignments and discuss how the course should look. It was really pushing the limits of collaboration at HACC,” she says. “There’s never been a course like this here—usually only two teachers collaborate.”
As far as interdisciplinary classes go, the breadth of perspectives was awe-inspiring. The course examined zombies through the lens of psychology, philosophy, mythology, literature, media studies, biology, geographic information systems, and library studies.
The vast number of disciplines included meant that basic course organization, such as creating assignments and grading, had the potential to be a logistical nightmare.