Applied Intercultural Arts Research


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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.


For more information, please review the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP Graduate Student Handbook.

Faculty Membership

Kathryn R. Alexander, Executive Committee
Honors College
William Beezley
Katia Bezerra, Executive Committee
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Andrew Carnie
Dawn Corso, Executive Committee
School of Music
Jennifer Croissant
Gender and Women's Studies
Jerome Dotson
Africana Studies
Alain-Philippe Durand
French and Italian
Altaf Engineer
School of Architecture
Jeremy Garcia, Executive Committee
Teaching Learning Sociocultural Studies
Jennie Gubner, Chair
School of Music
Zakry Guido, Executive Committee
Institute of the Environment
Jennifer Jenkins
Janet Nicol, Executive Committee
Department of Linguistics
Jennifer Post
School of Music
Denis Provencher
French and Italian
Hai Ren
East Asian Studies
Jay Rosenblatt, Executive Committee
School of Music
Tani Sanchez
Africana Studies
Beverly Seckinger, Executive Committee
School of Theatre, Film & Television
Yumi Shirai
Family and Community Medicine
Nathaniel Smith
East Asian Studies
Carla Stoffle, Executive Committee
School of Information
Brad Story, Executive Committee
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
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. Membership in the Graduate Program.


Membership in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research is open to faculty at the University of Arizona who are willing to make a commitment to the GIDP. This commitment should be expressed through participation in developing and maintaining the GIDP, teaching courses, or supporting the programming   for   the   GIDP.  Both   tenured   and   tenure­eligible   faculty, as well as faculty in career track appointments (non­tenure­track) may hold memberships.


Criteria for membership are a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches as well as activity and excellence in research or extension as demonstrated by research funding, publication record 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.


Membership can be proposed by candidates themselves or through nomination by a current member of the Program. Consideration of candidacy is initiated by submission of curriculum vitae and a letter of commitment to the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee votes to recommend membership, a request is then submitted to the Faculty Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for approval and appointment.


The members of the Applied Intercultural Arts Research GIDP will meet at least once a year to review the state of the program.


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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


Last Updated: Sep. 17, 2017