Scholarly Learning of Teacher-Scholars Engaging in Interdisciplinary Education


  • Merel van Goch Utrecht University, The Netherland
  • Christel Lutz Utrecht University, The Netherlands



interdisciplinary education, teaching and learning, scholarship, scholarly learning, academic teachers, reflection, interviews


Many higher education institutions have put interdisciplinary teaching and learning high on their agenda. We know students learn a lot from interdisciplinary education, and we know scholars learn from their educational scholarship, but what do scholars learn from engaging in interdisciplinary education? I interviewed seven mid-career scholars about what they learned and in what ways their work was appreciated. The findings illustrate that scholars learn about education, students, interdisciplinarity, their own discipline, the university, and themselves and that the scholars felt their efforts were recognized by their interdisciplinary contexts but not rewarded outside of those contexts. The study describes academic and personal struggles, pleasures, and joys of scholars starting to engage in interdisciplinary education.


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Author Biographies

Merel van Goch, Utrecht University, The Netherland

MEREL VAN GOCH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate program at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her research and teaching are both motivated by the goal of providing people with the optimal circumstances to explore and foster their talents and interests. She is interested in how and what students and scholars learn, especially in interdisciplinary contexts. Her research includes metacognition, creativity, and other competences relevant to higher education, and her teaching methods emphasize students' self-directed learning. Email:

Christel Lutz, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

CHRISTEL LUTZ, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Education at Liberal Arts and Sciences College University College Utrecht and Principal Fellow at the Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning, both at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She teaches on learning and motivation, and as a scholar, she is interested in what makes learning communities thrive, for example, in student-teacher partnership. She does practice-based research in the field of faculty development. Email:



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van Goch, M., & Lutz, C. . (2023). Scholarly Learning of Teacher-Scholars Engaging in Interdisciplinary Education . Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 12(SI), 67–90.