We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting nominations for HASTAC Scholars for 2012-2013.
We've had amazing success over the past few years and can't wait to expand the program into new areas this year. Please see below for more information - the FAQ at the bottom has some helpful answers.
What is the HASTAC Scholars Program?
The HASTAC Scholars program is an innovative student community. The program is comprised of graduate & undergraduate students who come from dozens of disciplines at 75+ universities. The Scholars are all working at the intersection of technology and the humanities, arts and sciences. As HASTAC Scholars, we blog, host online forums, develop new projects and organize events. Broadly speaking, Scholars are interested in the intersection of technology and learning, but this is applied and interpreted in incredibly varied ways. Some of our work here centers around rethinking pedagogy, learning, research & academia for the digital age. We are building a community of the next generation of scholars, makers, thinkers and teachers.
We welcome a new cohort into the program each year. As HASTAC Scholars, we write about our own work and research questions, discuss pedagogy, report on the work happening on our campuses and in our own regions, host local workshops, and build digital resources for others.
The Scholars are especially renowned for our rigorous digital forums; each forum is engaged with a particular theme and developed by students from an assortment of disciplines and universities. These forums are open to the entire academic community and the public at large, and foster incredibly rich dialogue on timely issues related to digital media and learning and the digital humanities more broadly.
One of the defining characteristics of these forums is that they not only span disciplines and universities, but range of scholars: tenured professors, junior faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and members of the general public. This kind of cross-pollination is incredibly rare and many students remark that it is the only time they interact with faculty as peers. These forums have taken on a life of their own beyond the website: they are now used in classrooms, discussed at conferences, and have formed the foundation for a number of workshops, conference panels and other types of collaborative projects
The HASTAC Scholars Program began in 2008 with a small pilot program, and has proven to be an amazingly energetic and successful program. Scholars are nominated by faculty (or other university staff) from their home institution. Each scholar receives a small fellowship for their contribution, funded by their home institution.
Who are the HASTAC Scholars?
New students enter the program each September. The 2011-2012 cohort was an amazing group of 186 students. Most Scholars are completing a M.A. or Ph.D., and we are also thrilled to welcome the ~10% of Scholars who are undergraduate students. The Scholars are still mostly based in the US and Canada, but we have had several scholars based in Spain, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, India, and of course the Scholars themselves come from all over the world.
Scholars come from a range of departments including Media Studies, Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering, Library Science, Urban Planning, Museum Studies, Education, Literature, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Art History, History, Civic Engagement and Public Policy.
HASTAC Scholars engage in questions such as:
- How do we use technologies in our teaching & learning, not only to replace traditional media and assignments, but to fundamentally address different student approaches, needs, and possibilities afforded by new ways of thinking?
- How is publishing changing in the digital world, and what does this mean for peer reviewing, open access and support for projects beyond book manuscripts?
- What kinds of projects and ideas are considered to be part of the Digital Humanities, New Media Arts, or Science & Technology Studies? How are those delineations useful or out-dated? How do they reimagine specific notions about culture, knowledge, aesthetics, science, the body or communication?
- What might our research, technology design, and thinking look like if we took seriously the momentous opportunities and challenges for learning posed by our digital era?
- How do we work across and transform our own disciplines and fields?
As a Scholar you can participate in various ways:
- Blog about your own work and research projects, questions, ideas.
- Host and comment in the energetic discussion forums.
- Report on activities at your local institution and department.
- Share insights from conferences and performances.
- Blog, tweet, podcast, or participate on the wiki.
- Network with other students, professors, artists, scholars and researchers, both online and in local meet-ups.
- Conduct interviews, book reviews, project reviews, etc.
- Other ideas: Create an app, develop a Digital Humanities project, or work with a library on their digital archives.
- Your idea here -- we are collaborative and rely on your ideas and feedback!
Requirements for Nominators:
Any faculty or staff member at a post-secondary institution may nominate an undergraduate or graduate student to be a HASTAC Scholar. We hope you will joins us too - you're invited to blog, comment in the forums, or participate in any other HASTAC activity. Nominating a student as a HASTAC Scholar puts you in the official category of "mentor" and the Mentor will be responsible for the following:
- Registering yourself as a user on this website
- Agreeing to subsidize each HASTAC Scholar nominee with a $300 fellowship paid by the Mentor's institution. The payment process is entirely decentralized; the Mentor and the Scholar need to work out their own process. For participants outside the US, this $300 fellowship can be waived if necessary -- please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Check in with your HASTAC Scholar(s) throughout the year, suggest material/events to blog about or post on the HASTAC website, and help to promote your HASTAC Scholar within your institution.
Requirements for HASTAC Scholars:
- The HASTAC Scholar will fill out the application form - take note of all the required information before submitting
- Blog before October 1, introducing yourself and your projects, interests & ideas!
- Report on at least one local relevant event any conference, talk, art project, symposium, experiment or collaboration during the year
- Introduce at least one other technology project to the greater HASTAC community this could be a new technology, a new coding language, a new use of technology in the non-profit sector, a new game for learning, an interesting new book, etc. Share your research or personal interests, and help other Scholars learn about a new idea or implementation!
- 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. You will be invited to propose topics for forums and to help facilitate forums, and everyone is invited to join in the discussion. For previous forum examples, see the HASTAC Scholars site: www.hastac.org/scholars
- Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, and helping organize local meet-ups.
- Sharing relevant job info, fellowship opportunities, conference CFPs, and publishing opportunities. This community is only as strong as we make it!
Results of the Scholars program:
- Invitations to join conference panels, classes and workshops
- Building your own network of like-minded scholars and academics beyond traditional departments
- Being part of an academic movement committed to openness and collaboration
- Stand out in the academic job search - involvement with Scholars was frequently identified as the tipping point in the search
- Success on the #alt-ac job market (i.e. jobs at university organizations, non-profits, museums, and other jobs outside of the tenure-track market)
- Help to develop new fields and directions in academic inquiry: forums and conversations have been used to justify preliminary exam fields and dissertation topics
- Collaborate on projects beyond your university: digital humanities projects, civic advocacy groups, public policy advisories, university technology consulting
- Beneficial experience learning to explain and justify your own research and interests to an interdisciplinary audience
- Keep up with new technologies for teaching, research, writing and creative endeavors
- Opportunity to meet and interview high profile academics, authors, developers, policy makers
Testimonials from HASTAC Scholars
“The sad news is, I can’t be a Scholar anymore. But the happy news is, I was just offered my dream job! Everyone wanted to hear about my teaching, and the work I've done with HASTAC, and using technology and civic engagement and team-based learning in the classroom. What really got me the job, was a presentation I gave on using open-source technology to teach basic writing and speaking skills at college and in the community. Every single one of the tools that I talked about was one that I somehow learned from HASTAC: from forums I read, from interviews or conferences I wrote blog posts about, from people or projects that I became involved with as a result of HASTAC. You have been so generous and supportive with me and all the HASTAC scholars, and I can honestly say that I wouldn't be here without you and without HASTAC! Thank you for everything you do to give people like me opportunities like this. My dream really is coming true!”
-- Assistant Professor at a Liberal Arts College
"The Scholars program has been invaluable for me in terms of the networking opportunities it has provided. Through the program, I’ve been able to find other grad students with my research interests, which has led to productive conference collaborations and other professional affiliations. I have also had the opportunity, through conference sponsorships and online discussion, to meet high-profile senior scholars in the field. This is proof that the academy is changing for the better.”
-- Ph.D. student, University of California
Being a HASTAC Scholar "most certainly helped me on the job market. During interviews and the like, a number of people mentioned my involvement with HASTAC. Also, many people already knew of my work based on what we --- & that's key (we!) --- were discussing at hastac.org. Plus, in preparation for things like job interviews and talks, the Scholars forums became spaces for me to articulate my perspectives on emerging issues and to actively learn from and listen to others. If you said something in a forum, then you knew people were listening! And often, they would respond directly to you. Such was not always the case for me and graduate seminar essays. That is, HASTAC translated one-to-one exchanges of information into many-to-many relationships for me. Without that change, I would've remained in an abject state throughout grad school."
-- Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Dept. of English
Q: Are previous Scholars eligible again?
A: Yes! Previous Scholars ARE eligible to be re-nominated through this form. On the application form, the Scholar must mention their previous HASTAC involvement and how they have participated in previous years.
Q: Does HASTAC administer the fellowships? Does HASTAC supply fellowships to the program?
A: All fellowships are decentralized and provided by the Mentor, the department, or local institution. HASTAC does not process or arrange the payments; all financials are organized between the Scholar and Mentor.
Q: I'm not from the US - can I still be nominated? How do fellowships work?
A: Absolutely! We have Scholars from many countries, including Canada, UK, Germany & Spain and we welcome you! Were happy to discuss the fellowship process for international students please contact me at the email below.
Q: I'm not a student - can I be a HASTAC Scholar?
A: We are generally keeping the program limited to current students. However, if you have recently graduated and would like to be nominated, drop me a line and give me the details. Remember you can absolutely participate on the HASTAC website even if youre not an official Scholar!
Q: My school isn't listed as a member organization, or none of my professors have been involved with HASTAC before. Can I still join?
A: Absolutely! Some of our mentors and Scholars have been involved with HASTAC before, but many many folks are joining the community or nominating a Scholar for the first time. By nominating a Scholar, your instituiton will be linked as a HASTAC organization and you will both become members!
Q: Can HASTAC find a Mentor or Nominator for me? I don't know anyone involved with HASTAC.
A: So far everyone who has really tried to find a mentor at their institution has succeeded -- I'm sure we can find one for you too! Write to your department chair, dean of the graduate school, or other related programs that deal with technology, culture, learning, or new media. If you need some help with wording, drop me a note and we can draft an email for you to use. We really want you to join if you're motivated and we're happy to help find the support you need!
Q: Can a Mentor nominate more than one Scholar?
A: Yes! The only requirement is that the Mentor must still fund the $300 to each Scholar. We'd like to keep each Mentor to 4-5 Scholars, but email me if you'd like to nominate more than this.
Applications are due on September 10, 2012. It requires the following information for both Scholar and Mentor. Please have this information ready BEFORE applying:
- Title/Year (ex. Associate Professor/4th Year Graduate Student/Senior)
- University or institution
- E-mail Address
- Mailing Address
- Telephone Number
- Link to HASTAC User profiles (both the Scholar and Mentor)
- Scholar - please write a brief bio paragraph (no more than 250 words) that mentions research projects and interests (including dissertation if applicable) and their HASTAC-related interests and work.
- Keywords of interests - no more than 3 (i.e. game studies, performance studies, pedagogy)
All nominations must be received by September 10, 2012.
If you have any other questions, please email the Director of HASTAC Scholars, Fiona Barnett: email@example.com.
Thank you! Please share with any interested students, faculty, listservs & departments.