[Humanist] 23.66 HASTAC Scholars 2009-10
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 66.
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Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:04:44 -0400
From: jonathan.tarr at duke.edu
Subject: Nominations for 2009-10 HASTAC Scholars open today
An announcement from HASTAC.org
HASTAC SCHOLARS PROGRAM WELCOMES NOMINATIONS FOR 2009-2010
The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program recognizes graduate and undergraduate
students who are engaged in innovative work across the areas of technology, the
arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. The HASTAC Scholars act as the
eyes and ears of HASTACâs virtual network. In the wake of the crisis facing
traditional news media, the HASTAC Scholars are Citizen Journalists exploring
the next-generation possibilities for intellectual dialogue imaginable through
digital technology. The HASTAC Scholars report on the work happening on their
campuses and in their region to an international audience by blogging,
tweeting, vlogging, podcasting and other forms of networking with the online
HASTAC community and with their local communities. The Scholars also facilitate
a series of discussion forums on www.hastac.org. Open to all, these expansive
forums initiate rich insights and meaty exchanges on timely issues related to
digital media and learning and the digital humanities more broadly. See
www.hastac.org/scholars for more about the program.
After an incredibly successful 2008-2009 pilot year for the HASTAC Scholars
Program, the HASTAC Steering Committee has voted to expand the program for
2009-2010, and invites any HASTAC member who is faculty or staff at an
institution of higher education to nominate a HASTAC Scholar. Here is how the
nomination process and the program work:
The official nomination form will be available online beginning June 1 (the
link will be available via the HASTAC homepage at www.hastac.org). A complete
nomination form will require the following information from both the Scholar/
nominee and the Mentor/nominator:
* Title/Year (ex. Associate Professor/4th Year Graduate Student/Senior)
* Preferred E-mail Address
* Mailing Address
* Telephone Number
* HASTAC User Name
Additionally, the nominee will need to provide a brief bio paragraph of no more
than 250 words that includes what and where they are studying. They may want to
mention their dissertation or other research topic(s) if applicable, and should
speak to their HASTAC-related interests and work.
All nominations must be received by July 31, 2009.
Requirements for Nominators
Any HASTAC faculty or staff member at a post-secondary institution may nominate
an undergraduate or graduate student to be a HASTAC Scholar. Making such a
nomination puts the nominator in the official category of "mentor" and the
Mentor will be responsible for the following:
* Completing the online nomination form by July 31, 2009.
* Subsidizing 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 this procedure.
* Checking in with their HASTAC Scholar(s) throughout the year, suggesting
material/events to blog about or post on the HASTAC website, helping to
promote the HASTAC Scholar within their institution.
If more than 5 scholars are nominated from any one institution, then the Mentor
(s) at that institution will be responsible for nominating a local HASTAC
Scholars director to help guide this group in concert with the Director of the
HASTAC Scholars Program.
Requirements for HASTAC Scholars
While HASTAC Scholars may be asked to meet face to face with a local cohort or
do other work on their home campuses, their primary responsibility is to the
HASTAC virtual community. HASTAC Scholars are expected to:
* Represent their home institution on the HASTAC website by posting or
reporting on any HASTAC-related events or work taking place on their
* Post to the HASTAC website on a weekly basis. These posts may take many
forms: tweets, blogs, comments on blogs, vlogs, forum postings, etc.
These posts may report on relevant HASTAC-type events on one's campus, in
one's region, or in one's professional gatherings; can comment on new
technologies or social networking sites or other relevant digital
affordances; can provide critique or creative expression; or can speak to
anything that advances the HASTAC mission: to ensure that humanistic and
humane considerations are never far removed from technological advances;
and to push education and learning to the forefront of digital
* Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums. HASTAC Scholars will be
invited to propose topics for and facilitate Forums that will occur
approximately once a month. Collaborative forums are encouraged. Other
scholars will contribute to these forums, will be asked to solicit
responses from scholars in the field, and will be called upon to get the
word out about the Forum. It is expected that not all scholars will have
an opportunity to host a Forum but all should have an opportunity/
responsibility to participate in their colleagues' work.
* Spread the word about HASTAC events. Scholars will be regularly asked to
help get the word out about online discussions and other HASTAC
events to their institutional communities.
As part of extending HASTAC programming into other professional conferences and
events, HASTAC Scholars and Nominators will be notified of opportunities to
arrange/participate in meet ups at various events throughout the year. For
example, "HASTAC@ MLA" or "HASTAC at SXSW" might involve an opportunity to
microblog or blog an event, to meet face to face with others, to arrange a
formal presentation, etc.
For questions or concerns, please contact Erin Gentry Lamb, Director of the
HASTAC Scholars Program, at erin.gentry at duke.edu.
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