CFA: Humanizing Technology Teaching Fellowships (Due April 29)

Call for Applications:  Humanizing Technology Teaching Fellowships
Deadline: Applications due April 29th, 2022

Award:  $5,000 summer fellowship and an opportunity for a one quarter GSI position in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2023. 

We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as part of an instructional community for the Humanities Division’s recently awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant “Humanizing Technology.” The goal of the grant is to develop a 5-course certificate program at the intersection of humanistic thought and contemporary issues in engineering. Teaching fellows selected for the program will work alongside faculty to collaboratively design one of these courses during Summer 2022. All graduate students will also be able to teach the course they helped design as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2023.

The five proposed courses are as follows:

  1. Ethics and Technology (Perspectives on Technology Gen Ed): This course explores ethical, social, and political issues raised by data scientific approaches to technology.
  2. Global History of Communication (Cross-Cultural Analysis Gen Ed): This course provides a historical framing of the development of communication technologies and practices, considering a variety of cultures and societies across human history.
  3. Humans and Machines, a History (Textual Analysis Gen Ed): This course explores the tension between humans and machines, between people and objects increasingly resembling them.
  4. Representing the Self and the Other (Interpreting Arts & Media Gen Ed): Focusing on paintings, prints, photographs, selfies, and avatars, this course considers how the composition and form of an image is shaped by the maker’s goals, by the technology, and by its audience.
  5. Race and Technology (Ethnicity & Race Gen Ed): This course examines how the construction of race connects with constructs in science and technology.
Participant Requirements: All graduate students must commit to fully participating in the instructional community. Participation includes:
  1. Early Summer 2022: Attend summer course design institute for all instructional community members. This institute is conducted by CITL and will be held remotely from 10am-1pm on six days in July (twice a week for three weeks): Wed. July 6, Fri. July 8, Mon. July 11, Wed. July 13, Mon. July 18, and Wed. July 20.
  2. Late Summer 2022: Attend regular meetings with faculty course leads to design the syllabus and prepare the course for university approval.
  3. Winter, Spring, or Summer 2023 (optional): Teach a 30-person (max) seminar as a Graduate Student Instructor; GSIs will be appointed under a separate contract, and they will receive additional support from faculty and peer mentors, including at least one classroom visit.
  1. PhD students must be in good academic standing and within normative time.
  2. PhD students need to be engaged in research and to have taught as a teaching assistant or GSI in a graduate program at UC Santa Cruz. Students from outside the Humanities Division will be considered if their research engages the themes of the grant, broadly construed.
  3. Applicants must be registered and in residence during the 2022-23 academic year. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.
  4. Advancement to candidacy strongly preferred.
Application consists of:
  1. Cover letter of no more than 2 pages describing why the applicant wants to join the Humanizing Technology instructional community. The letter should include relevant qualifications and describe which one(s) of the five courses are of particular interest and why.
  2. Graduate Director Form signed by your department Graduate Director confirming that you are within normative time and in good academic standing.
  3. One-page CV
  4. Application form

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