What We Do

The mission of the Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) is to serve as an organized source of information and support for integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to the creation, discovery, transmission and application of knowledge. 

The CIS meets its mission through minigrants for interdisciplinary and integrative research, scholarly and creative activities, events, and pedagogy; assistance in developing interdisciplinary and team-taught courses; co-sponsorship of Arts Under the Stars, Our Stories Matter conversation series, and the Global Premodern Studies public lecture series; and advocacy for mission-centered and high-impact practices that advance student and faculty success.

The CIS is guided by a Faculty Director and elected Advisory Committee, and we welcome suggestions from the broader CI community. You can reach us via e-mail at CIS_committee@csuci.edu or CIS_director@csuci.edu.  We look forward to working with you to ensure that CSUCI remains a home for vibrant interdisciplinary and integrative exchange!

How We Support

Call for Proposals for Minigrants for AY 2022-2023

The CIS invites faculty (of any rank, including part-time faculty) seeking support for their integrative or interdisciplinary activities to submit a request for up to $1000 of funding. Any activities are eligible (scholarly or creative projects, teaching, campus events) and any stage of development is welcome (explore, research, present, publish).

We will evaluate requests based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of description of proposed activity and of need for funding;
  • Centrality of interdisciplinary or integrative perspectives;
  • Connection to faculty’s career development in RSCA or teaching;
  • Ability for funded element to be completed by June 30, 2022;
  • Availability of other appropriate funding streams (e.g., IRA);
  • If total project cost is more than $1000, possibility of co-financing.

  • To apply, complete this short questionnaire: https://forms.gle/4oa329QPkkLYpcnn6
    CIS may contact you for additional information; awards recipients will be required to provide a brief report at the end of the funding period. No more than one award per PI.

    Deadline: November 14, 2022 (but we’ll review requests until the money is gone!)
    Questions? Email CIS_Committee@csuci.edu

    Congratulations to Minigrant Recipients (AY 2021-2022)!

    The CIS congratulates the following faculty for their successful minigrant applications:

    Theresa Avila: Instructional Faculty - Art, Raquel Baker: Assistant Professor - English, Jose Castro-Sotomayor: Assistant Professor - Communication, Thomas Clobes: Lecturer - Health Science, Rachel Soper : Assistant Professor - Sociology. We are pleased to be able to support interdisciplinary and integrative scholarship and pedagogy, and we look forward to their projects coming to fruition!

    To learn more about these and other CIS supported projects, visit our Faculty Resources page - and stay tuned for our Spring Call for Funding and Santa Rosa Island Excursion!

    Call for Proposals for Arts Under The Stars (AUTS) 2023

    Will be announced soon


    Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Chen

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    Are you curious about CI faculty research projects?

    Join the Faculty Director of CIS and a student intern at Dolphin Radio as they sit down with faculty members from across campus to learn about their research projects.

    Each podcast highlights a specific project, bringing students and faculty together to learn about the wealth of inquiry on CI's campus and to open doorways to future collaborations.

    CIS Faculty Podcast: Dr. Nancy Chen (listen now)

    More episodes available

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