New positions open: Apply to teach in the IHC's Prison Correspondence Program

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:43 PM

Due to new grant support, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center's Foundations in the Humanities program is expanding! Apply now for newly open positions to be a graduate student teaching fellow for Foundations in the Humanities, a prison correspondence program in literary studies active in twelve California state prisons.

Over the course of the 2019-20 year, each Fellow will be responsible for responding to the work of 10-15 incarcerated students, who will read six short literary texts and answer analytic and interpretative questions about each in short-essay form.

Fellows will enroll in a three-unit seminar in Fall quarter (meets Fridays 9-11:30 AM) introducing them to the California penal system; they will also study innovative pedagogies in the context of social justice and be trained to work with incarcerated students through the correspondence format. In Winter and Spring quarter, Fellows will enroll in a one-unit course to continue their training.

Compensation: In addition to receiving five graduate course units, Fellows will be paid $1,250 for participation in the program.

Program Prerequisites: Graduate Teaching Fellows must have prior teaching experience in humanities courses in which they provided written feedback on student essays devoted to close reading.

To apply: Submit a CV and letter of application indicating reasons for your interest in Foundations in the Humanities and relevant prior experience. Submit your materials to ihcucsb@gmail.com by September 20, 2019. Please also have a faculty member submit a letter of reference indicating your qualifications for participation in the program. Letters should be sent directly to ihcucsb@gmail.com by September 20, 2019.

Applicants will also be interviewed by IHC Director Susan Derwin.

Please feel free to contact Susan Derwin (derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu) with any questions about this program.