HASTAC is looking for a new partner

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 12:00am

HASTAC (est. 2002) is looking for a new institutional partner to assume a fiscal, administrative, and leadership role co-directing HASTAC’s vibrant 14,000-member network and its incomparable digital assets.

In collaboration with a team at the Graduate Center (CUNY), our new partner will have responsibility for, and full access to, HASTAC’s cutting-edge website (a customizable Drupal 7.0 site launched in 2015), data, research, technology, social networking expertise, and membership, including more than 1000 past and present HASTAC Scholars (graduate and undergraduate students).


What HASTAC offers your institution

A New Paradigm for Educational Innovation
Leadership of HASTAC places your institution at the forefront of educational and technology innovation in the service of equity and access in higher education.

Engaged Community
As a mature social network with an active Twitter and Facebook presence, HASTAC reaches a targeted audience of educators and technologists, and offers networking possibilities not available on other communications platforms.  

Collaboration by Difference
A recent NSF study found that HASTAC offered uniquely beneficial opportunities for collaboration in research, grants, publications, and conference proposals through an open community dedicated to racial, gender, and disciplinary diversity.

International Conferences
Since 2007, over two dozen universities and nonprofit agencies have hosted HASTAC conferences, from Toronto, Ontario, to Lima, Peru.

Support for Teaching and Pedagogy
HASTAC’s ongoing Pedagogy Project leads digital literacy in higher education. HASTAC is also home to experts in digital badging and alternate credentialing. Professors and inter-institutional groups often use hastac.org to mount courses or single events easily, for free, and with full control of group privacy settings. 

Opportunities for Students and Student Leadership
The HASTAC Scholars program has been tipping point for many graduate students in successful searches in the academic and alternative-to-the-academy job markets.

Eminent Leaders
Over sixty internationally-known leaders have guided HASTAC since its inception. 

Grant Funding
To maintain its free registration structure, HASTAC supplements institutional support with successful external funding, including from NSF. Future funding opportunities are as open and expansive as the new co-director’s vision.


HASTAC partner proposals accepted until July 15 

The start date, financial responsibilities, technology and labor distribution, and all other matters will vary greatly depending on the capacities and vision of the partnering institution. Please contact HASTAC about interest so we can begin a detailed conversation. Please direct all inquiries to contact@hastac.org.


Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory

HASTAC (“haystack”) is the world’s first and oldest academic social network--older than MySpace, Facebook, or the oldest scientific social network nanoHUB. With half a million pageviews annually, HASTAC’s website is populated by members contributing the latest news and research in educational technology, pedagogy, and institutional change. Topical areas range widely, including digital humanities, data analysis and visualization, born-digital scholarship, gaming, media arts and sciences, race and racism in virtual spaces, human rights and social justice, higher education as a public good, technology and gender bias, sexuality, disability, alternative assessment systems, futurism, popular culture, and much more.   

Since 2007, HASTAC has co-administered the Digital Media and Learning Competitions, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with the University of California Humanities Research Institute. The Competition has awarded over $12 million to more than 100 projects—including games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, and digital badge and alternative assessment platforms—that explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. Over 200 collaborators and their teams have participated on the Digital Media and Learning Winners’ Hub on HASTAC.org: www.hastac.org/dml-competitions.

Administrative Partners

In 2002, HASTAC was cofounded by Cathy N. Davidson (formerly Duke University) and David Theo Goldberg (University of California Humanities Research Institute) with dozens of eminent educators and technologists in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and computational sciences. Stanford University provided the first administrative and technological home for HASTAC. In 2005, HASTAC moved to the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and, since July 2014, administration and technology have been shared between Duke and the Graduate Center (CUNY). 

Our new partner will share administrative and fiscal responsibilities with the Graduate Center (CUNY).


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