Curricular Development Opportunity for Ph.D. Students

New Collections-Based Modules in Existing Undergraduate Courses 

Through this curricular development opportunity, doctoral students in the humanities gain leadership experience in curricular development, digital pedagogy strategies, and collaborative skills by working with a faculty collaborator, as well with librarians, archivists, and curators, to create new collections-based modules for undergraduate courses. 

2021 Awardees

Alexus BrownAlexus Brown (Linguistics) will develop a module with Dr. Dan Villarreal that uses the Pittsburgh Speech and Society conversational interviews, hosted by the University Library System, to enhance student engagement and contribute to modernizing the linguistic research methods that are taught in the course LING 1269: Linguistic Variation and Change.


Denis SaltykovUsing the University of Pittsburgh Russian and East European Film Collection or the official Gorky Film Studio’s YouTube channel, Denis Saltykov (Slavic Languages & Literatures) will develop a module with Dr. David Birnbaum in which students analyze a movie adaptation of a fairy tale using one of the critical frameworks that are taught in the course RUSS 0090: Russian Fairy Tales.


2020 Awardees

See the 2020 cohort flyer (PDF).

LaTriece CalhounFor the Archives and the (in)Visible Body module, LeTriece Calhoun (English) will work with Dr. Annette Vee to use the Black Panther Party materials found in Pitt’s Archival and Special Collections to examine the construction of the black body in the course Seminar in Composition: Gender Studies.


Sritama ChatterjeeUsing the Digital Transgender Archives, Sritama Chatterjee (English) is working with Dr. Julie Beaulieu to develop a module entitled, Fragments, Ephemera and Periodicals: Reimagining Global Trans History that will engage deeply with queer and trans self-fashioning for the Transgender Studies course.


Caitlin DahlCaitlin Dahl (French) is working on a module to be integrated into Dr. Chloé Hogg’s Kings and Queens course that will focus on Pitt’s University Art Gallery collection of Jacques Callot’s Les Grands Misères de la Guerre (1633) prints, which are important documents of the visual representation of violence.


Rebecca GiordanoFor Dr. Gretchen Bender’s Museums: Society and Inclusion course, Rebecca Giordano (History of Art and Architecture) will be producing a module on the Image of the Black in Western Art digital collections to expand student understanding of the social construction of race.


Victoria LaFaveWorking with Pitt’s Cap and Gown Club Records and the Kuntu Repertory Theatre Records, Victoria LaFave (Theatre Arts) will develop a module to encourage students to think critically about their own engagement with, and responsibility to, performances and aesthetic productions for Dr. Patrick McKelvey’s Enjoying Performances course.


Jacqueline LombardUsing the Image of the Black in Western Art archive, Jacqueline Lombard (History of Art and Architecture), with Dr. Christopher Nygren, is developing a module that examines identity, Blackness, and race in Renaissance art for the Italian Renaissance Art course.


Emily MazzolaEmily Mazzola (History of Art and Architecture)’s module aims to teach students to become proficient at using digital museum collections across the world to conduct art historical and museum studies research in Dr. Barbara McCloskey’s course Foundations of Art History.


Krystle StricklinKrystle Stricklin (History of Art and Architecture) will utilize several major digital collections, including the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection, with Dr. Jennifer Josten to teach students about the Cuban exile experience through oral histories, photographs, and short readings in the course Art and Politics in Modern Latin America.