Curricular Development Opportunity for Ph.D. Students: New Collections-Based Modules in Existing Undergraduate Courses

Humanities Engage calls for proposals from Humanities Ph.D. students who will partner with a faculty sponsor to develop new collections-based modules to be integrated in existing undergraduate courses. Mentored by their faculty collaborator, and working closely as well with librarians, archivists, or curators, this funded opportunity will afford doctoral students valuable opportunities to gain leadership experience in curricular development, digital pedagogy strategies, and collaborative skills.

As archives, galleries, museums, and other holders of collections worldwide are developing new strategies to engage remotely with collections of artefacts, and as we prepare for Flex@Pitt this fall, this is an opportunity for doctoral students across the arts and humanities to remotely develop new course components for online delivery.

The focus of this Humanities Engage strand is to develop new modules to be integrated in courses that previously did not involve engagement with collections. Preference will be given to proposals relating to courses slated to be taught in fall 2020, followed by courses expected to run in spring 2021.

Students are expected to commit an effort of circa 50 hours in summer 2020 and will receive a curricular development stipend of $1,000. The entire project must be completed remotely. The Fellow is responsible for reporting taxable stipend payments and for remitting any tax due to their local taxing authority.

Eligibility: continuing Ph.D. students in Humanities who will return in fall 2020.

To apply, please provide – in a single .pdf – the following materials, to:

1)  Current CV (must include all teaching experience, including remote/online instruction; pedagogical training)

2)  Proposal (max. 2 pages). Please address:

  •  prior pedagogical experience, especially collections-based and/or in digital pedagogical strategies, and motivation to be considered for this opportunity
  • course title and number, instructor of record (the faculty collaborator), when next scheduled to be   taught;
  • overview of the course as previously taught and rationale for developing a new collections-based module as part of the revised course; explanation of how integration of the new module will enhance student-engagement and learning outcomes
  • proposed module: overview, learning objectives, assessment
  • description of digital pedagogical strategy, including technologies, asynchronous and synchronous components, student engagement, student support, and accessibility
  • logistics of accessing collections remotely this summer, discussions with the holders of the collection(s), plans to curate collections-based resources 

3)  Brief letter of support from the faculty collaborator: this should speak to the curricular development plan agreed with the student applicant; student’s prior pedagogical experience; mentoring plan

For fullest consideration please apply by July 10, 2020. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis thereafter until late July; awards will be made as long as resources last. Awarded students will be expected to contribute at least one blog post to the Humanities Engage website by August 1 and share a brief reflective essay on their instructional development experience and the resulting module via the website by September 1.