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Workshop / Seminar

CAH Interdisciplinary Workshop by Dr. Arvin Sahaym, Alexander Perkins, and Lillian Senn

Avery Hall
Bundy Reading Room
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About the event

There will be Pizza!


Arvin Sahaym believes that the interdisciplinary lens is sine qua non for addressing complex research questions in the modern era, and that the researchers must leverage knowledge from diverse fields to present a more complete picture of the phenomenon. He will discuss how integrating knowledge elements from diverse disciplines (e.g., history, sociology, culture, communications, information technology, and business) can add value to the research projects in music studies, creating innovative pathways and developing alternate solutions.

The other panelists are Alexander Perkins and Lillian Senn who are doctoral students in WSU’s Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program. They will discuss their research projects and their experience of being part of the IIDP.

Speaker Bios 

Arvin Sahaym is currently serving the Graduate School of Washington State University (WSU) as the Associate Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives. A leading scholar in the domain of “technology and strategic entrepreneurship,” Arvin is a Professor and Huber Dean’s Fellow in Entrepreneurship at WSU’s Carson College of Business. As a faculty in the department of “Management, Information Systems, & Entrepreneurship (MISE),” he researches and teaches in the fields of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. His research has been published in a number of leading journals including Organization Science, Information Systems Research, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Business Research, among others. Arvin is serving or has served the university, college, and department in various capacities, for example, as the Director of WSU Entrepreneurship Skills & Knowledge Accelerator (WESKA), Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador, and Ph.D. program coordinator. He also served as a Senator in the WSU’s Faculty Senate between 2013 to 2016. Arvin’s mission is to serve humanity through innovative pursuits in pedagogy and research, and uplift himself and others.

Alexander “Xan” Perkins is a low brass musician, educator, and researcher currently living in the Pacific Northwest where he is working towards his PhD at Washington State University. At WSU, Xan is the Athletic Band Teaching Assistant, working with the Cougar Marching Band, Volleyball band, and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball bands. Prior to moving to Washington, Xan taught and performed in the greater Kansas City MO/KS metro as a freelance tubist and brass educator. While in Kansas City Xan performed on Sousaphone with a New Orleans inspired music group, the Back Alley Brass Band, and has held teaching positions at William Jewell College and Missouri Southern State University as Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass and Assistant Jazz Director. As a student in WSU’s Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program his research focuses on the historiographical, cultural, and musical traditions of the New Orleans Brass Band style and its relevance in music education. The research Xan is doing at WSU is truly an interdisciplinary endeavor; examining how music, history, and education intertwine and provide opportunities for deeper understanding of the everchanging educational and artistic landscapes in the United States.

Lillian Senn (she/her) is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Individual Interdisciplinary Degree program and is a member of Dr. Erika Offerdahl’s science education research group. She earned a B.S. in and a M.S. in biology from California State University, Fresno, and committed a year of service to the California State University system to improve the undergraduate STEM student experience as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member. Her research interests include academic transitions as contexts for intervention, professional identity development, and cultural norm transmission within STEM. Her work ultimately seeks to inform systemic change within post-secondary STEM contexts. She is also a first-generation college student and TRiO Student Support Services program alum. As a student in WSU’s Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, her research focuses on following instructors implementing “wise” interventions in the classroom. These wise interventions focus on improving student outcomes by providing opportunities for students to generate positive narratives about themselves and the academic environment. These interventions can be especially impactful for students with social identities who have been historically ignored and underserved in STEM fields and higher education broadly.