IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 2017-18

IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 2017-18

The 2017-18 IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows program seeks graduate students to work as instructors in a correspondence program on “Foundations in the Humanities” for prisoners in North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison. The curriculum for the course consists of brief foundational readings in the humanities, including works by Yusef Komunyakaa, Jack London, Tim O’Brien, Sandra Cisneros, and Annie Dillard.

The Teaching Fellows will work with the IHC Director and meet four to five times during the year to discuss course goals, pedagogical techniques, and best approaches to evaluating and responding to participants’ work. Each Teaching Fellow will work with up to ten participants and provide written comments to participant response essays.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Program will afford students an opportunity to explore issues of civic engagement and social justice, as well as to gain experience teaching in the humanities, working with non-traditional students, and alternative course delivery. Graduate Teaching Fellows are also asked to participate in the public programming series for this year, Crossings + Boundaries. Teaching Fellows are required to attend at least four events in the series, most of which will be held at 4 PM on Thursdays.

Graduate Teaching Fellows will receive a stipend of $750 for the year, for a cumulative 35 hours of work. Fellows must have prior teaching experience in humanities courses in which they have provided critical feedback on student essays devoted to close reading.

To apply, please submit a CV and letter of application expressing your interest in the project and describing relevant prior experience to ihcucsb@gmail.com by Friday, September 8, 2017.  Please feel free to contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at nerstad@ihc.ucsb.edu with any questions about this program.