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HASTAC Scholar

Each year the Robert Penn Warren Center appoints a graduate student as its HASTAC Scholar. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media and other channels of communication.   The HASTAC Scholars program is designed for graduate students who are engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media and learning, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences. HASTAC Scholars blog about digital activities on their home campus, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing, and structuring knowledge. 

2016-2017 HASTAC Scholar Application

$500 DIGITAL HUMANITIES STIPEND OPPORTUNITY FO­R GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate students interested in learning more about digital humanities and gaining hands-on experience are encouraged to apply to the 2016-2017 HASTAC Scholars program. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media, and other channels of communication. Up to nine Vanderbilt University graduate students will be appointed as HASTAC Scholars. The appointment includes a $500 award as well as funding to attend the annual HASTAC conference in November 2017 in Orlando. These scholars will serve as Vanderbilt's digital ambassadors to HASTAC.

The HASTAC Scholars program is designed for graduate students who are engaged with or have an interest in innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media and learning, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences. HASTAC Scholars blog about digital activities on their home campus, host forums, organize events, and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing, and structuring knowledge. For more information, see the HASTAC Scholars website.

2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars were: Maria Björkman, RJ Boutelle, Kellie Cavagnaro, Richard Coble, Laura Hagele, Julianne Locher, Laura Sellers, Anthony Siracusa, and Danyelle Valentine. These Scholars represented a range of disciplines from Arts and Science, Engineering, and Peabody and were at various stages of their graduate student careers.

Applications are welcome from Vanderbilt graduate students in any discipline.


DEADLINE: NOON ON FRIDAY, April 29, 2016

Eligibility 
Applicants must be enrolled in a Vanderbilt University graduate program in 2016-2017 and in good standing in their graduate programs. Additionally, applicants must be on campus for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Requirements 
Vanderbilt HASTAC Scholars will have three primary requirements for the year:
1. Actively engage in a blog maintained on the HASTAC website in which the Scholar reports on relevant activities at Vanderbilt University.
2. Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums, either by hosting or commenting. These very lively discussions are part of the backbone of the HASTAC Scholars program.
3. Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, helping organize local meet-ups, and meeting regularly with other HASTAC Scholars and representatives from their sponsoring centers.

Sponsoring Centers

Each HASTAC Scholar will be affiliated with one of the following sponsoring centers. Please rank order these sponsoring centers in an addendum to your application. Note that we cannot guarantee top choices, but we will consider your preference when matching HASTAC Scholars to centers.

*Center for Second Language Studies. The HASTAC Scholar affiliated with CSLS will show a keen interest in exploring teaching, learning, and research in second languages and cultures through the use of technology. This individual will collaborate with CSLS graduate student affiliates, interact with faculty, and participate in CSLS working groups. In addition, the HASTAC Scholar will be involved in CSLS events, in particular our Friday afternoon professional development seminars. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csls/

* Center for Teaching . The Center for Teaching's HASTAC Scholar should have an interest in the use of technology in humanities teaching. The Scholar will participate in, and perhaps contribute to, CFT workshops and conversations on this topic during the year. The Scholar will also share observations and reflections on educational technology in the humanities on the CFT blog.  http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/

*Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. The Curb Center's HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with the faculty, the other graduate student fellows (in Public Scholarship and Creative Writing), and our international partners in Belfast, Sao Paulo, and Montreal on digital media projects to promote social engagement. Additionally, the HASTAC Scholar will be expected to assist with various Curb Center events throughout the year and contribute to social media. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/curbcenter 

*Humanities Tennessee. Humanities Tennessee's HASTAC scholar will collaborate with staff on developing a digital archive of recorded oral histories of foreign-born and other Tennesseans. Among other projects, the scholar will assist with the editing of digitized audio files, and the organization of content and creation of taxonomy to aid navigation and accessibility, for use in a publicly accessible and intelligible web-based archive. http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/

* Program in American Studies The HASTAC scholar for the Program in American Studies will assist in developing a diverse and interactive digital archive of recorded answers to the questions 1) “What does ‘America’ mean to you?” 2) “What is American Studies?” 3) “How do you think ‘American Studies’ can or does advance your American Dream?” The scholar will assist in finding subjects for the recordings, and will be responsible for the production and editing of the recordings for the program’s website. The individual will share insights throughout the project and keep track of events of interest to the American Studies community on the website blog. Additionally, the scholar will co-author a publishable scholarly article on the politics of power disparities in the digital and public humanities. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/americanstudies/

*Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The Warren Center's HASTAC Scholar will be a dynamic participant in the life of this interdisciplinary research center and will be encouraged to participate in a variety of Warren Center activities. The HASTAC Scholar will help to maintain the Warren Center's digital profile in an assortment of ways, including working with a unique digital archive recently completed by the Warren Center. Additionally, the Warren Center HASTAC Scholar will assist with various Warren Center events throughout the year. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center/

*Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning. VIDL's HASTAC Scholar will investigate and report on digital learning materials in the humanities or social sciences about once monthly for the VIDL blog. The HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with VIDL staff on a work of scholarship an/or instructional content (e.g., video) in digital education. As part of their professional development, the HASTAC Scholar will have the opportunity to design and record a short video presentation on their scholarly work for the VIDL website, and to coordinate this professional development activity for other scholars. http://vanderbilt.edu/digital-learning/

* Vanderbilt Libraries . The Vanderbilt Library’s HASTAC Scholar should have an interest in promoting the digital humanities on campus. The HASTAC scholar will assist the scholarly communications team to promoting digital literacy by helping out with digital scholarship workshops, attending digital scholarship working groups, and editing digital scholarship tutorials. The HASTAC scholar will also represent the library in all campus HASTAC activities.  http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/scholarly/

* Vanderbilt University School of Engineering - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (VUSE-CEE) . The CEE HASTAC Scholar will be engaged in exploring and promoting use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the humanities, K12 education, and/or social sciences in an effort to raise awareness about this technology in various disciplines. The HASTAC Scholar will assist Dr. Janey Camp in efforts to improve awareness and GIS education across the Vanderbilt campus and beyond possibly helping create a sharable media package such as a “GIS Road Show”. The HASTAC Scholar will also document their exploration process for the benefit of others (again, as part of their VUSE-CEE activities). http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gised/

 Selection Criteria 

  • Evidence that the applicant understands and shares HASTAC's core values.
  • Evidence that the applicant's ongoing academic and professional goals will benefit from participation in HASTAC.
  • Evidence of benefits to Vanderbilt and/or local community from the proposed participation.
  • A commitment to meet regularly with the other HASTAC Scholars and their sponsoring centers.
  • Please rank order these sponsoring centers in an addendum to your application. Note that we cannot guarantee top choices, but we will consider your preference when matching HASTAC Scholars to centers.

 

Application Process 
Deadline: Noon on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Submit the following materials by email to Terry Tripp at terry.tripp@vanderbilt.edu by noon on Friday, April 29, 2016.

• A letter of interest (no more than two pages) indicating how participation in HASTAC would benefit the applicant and how the applicant could contribute to Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt.
• A curriculum vitae
• An email from your academic advisor addressed to terry.tripp@vanderbilt.edu stating the following: "I affirm that [APPLICANT'S NAME] is in good standing in [NAME OF GRADUATE PROGRAM] and will be on campus for the 2016-2017 academic year. I support this application to the HASTAC Scholar program."

For more information or questions contact Terry Tripp at 343-6060 or terry.tripp@vanderbilt.edu.