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Call for Graduate Student Applications: Summer 2019-Winter 2020 GSR

April 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The DH Program is excited to announce its application for the Summer Workshop in Online Instruction to create an online Introduction to Digital Humanities course based on its successful face-to-face version. If our application is successful, we will be able to hire two GSRs, each with a stipend of $6000, to assist with the transformation this summer (2019). There will be an option to continue working on the course for additional compensation during the fall quarter and to serve as a paid TA for the course when it is offered. Prior to the application deadline, we need to identify two individuals who are both interested and qualified to undertake this work. Please read on for details.

If interested, please send your CV and an email expressing your interest and qualifications to the lead faculty member, Dr. Ashley Sanders Garcia (asandersgarcia@ucla.edu) by 5:00pm Friday, April 12. Interviews will be held the week of April 15, and applicants will be notified of decisions by Friday, April 19.


  1. Has been awarded the rank of Teaching Associate or Teaching Fellow, as recommended by the chair of the department.  Requirements to attain those titles can be found in the Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual (https://grad.ucla.edu/gss/appm/aapmanual.pdf).
  2. Are US citizens, permanent residents, international or registered California AB540 students. For international students, funding is subject to fellowship eligibility in regards to visa type. For those under AB540, funding will be provided only if AB131 is still in effect for the duration of the fellowship.
  3. Have been continuously enrolled/registered the previous Spring and will be continuously enrolled/registered the following Fall. If these conditions are not met, the awardee will be required to repay the summer award.
  4. Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at time of award (i.e., at time of payment disbursement).
  5. May not work more than 25% time in another appointment over the summer while participating in the Summer Workshop in Online Instruction.

About the Program:

The goals of the workshop are to introduce participants to tools, strategies, and best practices in online instruction and to develop an online course that will become a regular part of your department curriculum.  It will bring together departmental teams of 1-2 faculty and 1-3 teaching associates to explore best practices in online teaching over a two-week period (July 22-August 2). During those two weeks, those teams, working with campus instructional designers, will refine course goals, design a working syllabus, use various technologies to decide which will best support learning in the class, and design and develop the equivalent of one week of instruction for the class.  Between the end of the workshop and the beginning of fall quarter, the teams will create a second week that will be shared in a session targeted for mid-September with other workshop participants. Between that meeting and February 15, instructional designers and other campus staff, as appropriate, will work with departmental teams to complete the online course that can be offered as early as Spring Quarter 2020. Departments are encouraged to nominate a course and an instructional team composed of faculty and graduate students to participate in the workshop and build the course.

The Summer Workshop in Online Instruction is designed to offer graduate students whose future careers may involve online teaching or training to gain experience in best practices in online instruction and to work with an instructional team to build such a course.  It is also meant to provide financial support for UCLA doctoral students and release them from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. Awardees should consider it as their principal/primary summer activity.

SWOI awardees are expected to work closely with the lead faculty and the instructional design team to design and implement the online course nominated by the department.  Because each course will reflect its content and the most effective tools and practices for the course and the discipline, describing the exact responsibilities is difficult.  Each will be expected to attend the two-week workshop and the September reconvening of the workshop when two finished modules and the online syllabus is presented. Between the workshop and the September meeting, they will work with the faculty and design team on course materials, assignments, assessment, and strategies to ensure student engagement and achievement of learning objectives.  They will expected to serve as TAs for the course when it is offered and to create a handbook for other TAs who might teach with them in the class.



April 12, 2019
5:00 pm
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