Applied Intercultural Arts Research


Photo of people sitting in a semi-circle playing musical instruments

Established by the Arizona Board of Regents: MA; PhD 2018


The aim of the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP is to prepare graduates for the application of knowledge of music, arts and culture toward solving contemporary problems in order to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, societies, and environments in an interconnected world.


The core curriculum builds on the interdisciplinary legacy and directives established in the field of ethnomusicology. Students study the role of the arts in the world’s cultures in order to address humanistic, social, and scientific concerns. In addition to developing expertise in the arts, students are expected to acquire a strong secondary area of expertise in service of a specific research agenda.


Faculty Membership

Kathryn R. Alexander, Executive Committee
Honors College
William Beezley
Katia Bezerra, Executive Committee
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Catherine Brooks
School of Information
Andrew Carnie
Dawn Corso, Executive Committee
School of Music
Jennifer Croissant
Gender and Women's Studies
Carissa DiCindio
School of Art
Jerome Dotson
Africana Studies
Alain-Philippe Durand
French and Italian
Altaf Engineer
School of Architecture
Jennie Gubner, Chair
School of Music
Zakry Guido, Executive Committee
Institute of the Environment
Jennifer Jenkins
Ellen McMahon
School of Art
Matthew Mugmon
School of Music
Janet Nicol, Executive Committee
Department of Linguistics
Jennifer Post
School of Music
Denis Provencher
French and Italian
Hai Ren
East Asian Studies
Jay Rosenblatt
School of Music
Tani Sanchez
Africana Studies
Beverly Seckinger, Executive Committee
School of Theatre, Film & Television
Yumi Shirai
Family and Community Medicine
Ryan Shin
School of Art
Nathaniel Smith
East Asian Studies
Tyina Steptoe
Carla Stoffle, Executive Committee
School of Information
Brad Story, Executive Committee
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Phyllis Taoua
French and Italian
Douglas Taren
Public Health
Melissa Tatum
Law Instruction
Marcela Vasquez-Leon, Executive Committee
Center for Latin American Studies
Margaret Weiser
Stacie Widdifield
School of Art
Matthew Williams
School of Music
Praise Zenenga, Executive Committee
Africana Studies

Participating Colleges & Departments

Program Bylaws


Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Applied Intercultural Arts Research


Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) report to the Dean of the Graduate College, through the Faculty Director of GIDPs.


The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Applied Intercultural Arts Research offers a M.A., a Ph.D., and a doctoral minor.  In the following Articles and Bylaws, operating procedures, and policies of the Program are outlined. This organization and its structure must conform to the guidelines for GIDPs.


Article 1. Criteria for Membership in the Graduate Faculty for Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP

  1. Prologue:

1. As specified in UHAP Policy 3.1.04:

Members of the graduate faculty have special privileges and obligations within graduate education, especially related to thesis, dissertation and other culminating capstone project committee roles and membership, as well as graduate student advising and mentorship. Graduate faculty membership is automatically granted to tenured and tenure-track faculty and continuing-status and eligible academic professionals with faculty titles and may be granted selectively to career track faculty or others. The Graduate College, in coordination with the academic colleges and programs, oversees the criteria, processes, and procedures related to the granting, review, and in rare cases of unacceptable performance, the remediation or removal of graduate faculty membership to ensure the quality of graduate programs and delivery of graduate education


2. The Graduate College policies governing graduate faculty membership are set out here: is external)


3. Members of the Graduate Faculty are expected to maintain the “Responsibilities of Graduate Faculty”, as outlined in section 4.1 of the Graduate College policy.


  1. Criteria for membership in the Graduate Faculty in the GIDP

Membership in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research is open to faculty at the University of Arizona who hold a terminal degree in a discipline related to AIAR. Members of the AIAR GIDP are expected to participate in developing and maintaining the GIDP, teaching courses open to AIAR students, and supporting AIAR related programming.


Criteria for membership include interdisciplinary approaches to research as well as activity and excellence in research or mentoring demonstrated by research funding, publication records and service as advisors to students. Members of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program will be reviewed periodically by the Executive Committee to ensure that they continue to meet these standards.

Criteria for the endorsement to chair a Doctoral Committee. 

1. All members of the Graduate Faculty in Applied Intercultural Arts Research shall have the endorsement to chair doctoral committees

2. See also section 1.1.5 of is external) policy for important information about the endorsement to chair criteria.


  D. Vote on Membership in the AIAR Graduate Faculty

Membership shall be recommended by a majority vote of the executive committee of the AIAR GIDP to the faculty director of GIDPs


Article 2. Executive Committee (EC) and Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research.

The GIDP in Applied Intercultural Arts Research is administered by a Chair, a Vice Chair, and an Executive Committee (EC), consisting of at least five members. The Executive Committee should include at least three members from Music and additionally two members from other Schools within the College of Fine Arts for a total of five CFA members. Appropriately, this meets a 20% (Music) and 33% (CFA) ratio for the 15 members in total currently listed for the EC. The Executive Committee will be made up of faculty members with at least three colleges, ideally with members from all participating colleges. The Chair is appointed for a three ­year term, renewable once. EC members are appointed for renewable two or three ­year staggered terms.  Both the Chair and the EC members will be chosen by a vote by participating faculty who hold regular memberships. Nominations from participating faculty for both positions will be received by the EC. A faculty member may run for one or both positions.

Fifty­one percent of the members will constitute a quorum. Decisions will be determined by a majority vote of those present at a meeting or by a 51% return of ballots. The roster of elected members will be forwarded to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for approval and appointment. The EC votes are recommendations to the Faculty director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, who makes the final appointments

The Executive Committee will also have one student member elected by the students for a renewable one-year term. The student may not vote on faculty membership or participate in decisions about other students such as admissions or annual evaluation.

  • The responsibilities of the Executive Committee are to:
    1. Devise and implement procedures to be followed in selecting and reviewing members of the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP; Devise and implement appropriate policies and procedures for the operation of the graduate program, such as admissions, curriculum, student supervision, completion of degree program requirements, and decisions regarding program resources;
    2. Appoint a standing Admissions Committee to review new applicants to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs;
    3. Appoint other ad hoc committees as needed for effective operation;
    4. Prepare and submit annual reports of program’s activities and accomplishments to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs;
    5. Ensure that regular academic program reviews are carried out, consistent with the Board of Regents requirements and those of the University of Arizona;
    6. Facilitate interaction and communication within the Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research and with supporting academic unit heads and deans;
    7. Seek funding from appropriate University, State, Federal and private sources;
    8. Solicit nominations to vacated slot(s) on the Executive Committee to ensure continuity over time.
  • The responsibilities of the Chair of the Executive Committee (and of the GIDP).
    1. Administers the Program and activities of the EC with the assistance of the program coordinator of the GIDP;
    2. Convenes and chairs meetings of the EC;
    3. Acts on behalf of the EC and the GIDP to implement policies of the Program;
    4. Serves as representative of the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP to entities such as the University Administration, granting agencies, prospective students.
    5. Prepares and submits an annual report of activities and accomplishments of the Program according to University regulations.

The GIDP’s Program Coordinator works closely with the Chair of the EC as well as with the students, faculty, EC and standing committees to ensure timely fulfillment of the policies of the UA and the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP, as well as the flow of information among all concerned.

Article 3. Standing Committees of the Graduate Program.

In addition to the Executive Committee, one standing committee carries important responsibilities for the operation and welfare of the Program.

The  Admissions and Progress Committee

The Admissions and Progress Committee is responsible for evaluating applications from prospective graduate students and reviewing the annual progress reports of current students in its degree programs.

It advises the EC regarding Program policies and procedures as well as revisions of the Program’s Graduate Student Handbook.

Article 4. Amendments.

The bylaws shall be amended or revised by movement of the EC and a two­thirds positive vote by the regular membership of the program.  All changes will be submitted to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for review and final approval for implementation.


Updated: May 10, 2021; faculty critera approved by Dean Carnie

Updated: April 9, 2021; approved change to program name

Voted and approved: September 17, 2017