Have a skill to teach or a method you'd like to learn? To start a workshop, just send a message to the listserv with your proposal, vision for how to make it happen, and any other details folks need. Workshops generally take on one of three formats:

  • Finding a student, postdoc, or other instructor to teach a specific skill
  • Using the resources GISER has developed to teach your own workshop
  • Getting together a group of students together to learn and share methods and/or knowledge domains

Look for details on how to organize a workshop on this page very soon!


Ryan and Jesse at "Hidden Gems of ArcPublisher and ArcScene" workshop.

Ryan and Jesse at "Hidden Gems of ArcPublisher and ArcScene" workshop.

Some past GISER workshops

Political Advocacy: How to get involved with advocacy efforts within and across disciplines.

Envisioning Sustainable Urban Futures with Cultural Theory: Learning to work with Cultural Theory as an exploratory tool to help analyse and envision sustainable urban futures in a creative way.

Social Network Analysis: Exploration of social network analysis as a concept and methodology.

Portrait Photography: Use of natural light in photography; participants experimented with their own photos.

Leadership & Facilitation: Specific skills for facilitating a group, especially in an interdisciplinary context or when leading classroom discussion. Intended to help people become more reflexive and inclusive leaders. 

Rigor & Creativity in Ethnographic Research: Exploration of the connected practices of rigor and creativity in ethnographic research. 

Hidden Gems of ArcPublisher and ArcScene: Providing help for people to easily improve their map-making skills using two relatively accessible tools (ArcPublisher and ArcScene).

Introduction to R (IntRo): A first foray into R, one of the most widely used free software environments for statistical computing and graphics.

R Bootcamp: Three-day hands-on intensive on performing common statistical analyses and producing publication quality figures in R and RStudio (a free, open source, integrated development environment for programming in R).

Introduction to Survey Design: Introduction to survey research design, including measurement and implementation.

This workshop and the subsequent years of completing the project have been one of the most valuable learning experiences of my graduate training. As a new faculty member in an explicitly interdisciplinary post, I can say that I am decidedly more prepared than most to collaborate with scholars outside my field. This stems from both the insights of scholars we interviewed as well as from the process of conducting team research.
— Kelly Turner, GISER Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity Working Group

Without the platform of GISER, we would never have had a place to propose the ideas of ‘urban stoichiometry’ and our group would not have coalesced. And, of course, the paper would not have happened.
— Jessica Corman, GISER Urban Stoichiometry Working Group

Some past GISER reading & working groups

SOS 598: Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity: Creating and Maintaining Interdisciplinary Organizations (Spring 2011 & Fall 2011) -- Inspired by a desire to learn strategies that successful interdisciplinary organizations have deployed to support collaborative, synthetic research, this project was truly a ground-up effort that evolved through contributions of four graduate students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. GISER funding allowed project collaborators to travel to a conference on the topic of interdisciplinary organizations to recruit participants for a study, interview top scholars leading major interdisciplinary research centers in the United States and abroad, and have those interviews transcribed. A forthcoming journal article from this collaboration discusses perspectives on managing people, places, and intellectual territory with dueling directives: to the discipline and the interdiscipline.

SOS 598: Measuring Resilience After a Catastrophic Natural Disaster: A case study of Fayette, Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake (Fall 2010)

Stoichiometric Relationships in Urban Systems: Comparing stoichiometric relationships of C, N, and P in urban and non-urban systems (Fall 2009)

Deserted - Part (1)

With my IGERT and GISER background, I can easily communicate with people from multiple disciplines and explain my research (and why it is important!) to those who have had little exposure to archaeology... One of the coolest projects I did with IGERT was the creation of a video with my fellow fellows — Kate Darby, Libby Larson, Rebecca Hale and Bethany Cutts — on environmental justice in the Salt River Bed.
— Colleen Strawhacker