Data and Democracy | 3 August 2018

Call for Applications: Spring 2019 GSI Positions



Deadline: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Call: We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as Graduate Student Instructors to teach a course in the Spring 2019 quarter as part of a new “Questions That Matter” course series. Over the past few years, The Humanities Institute (THI) has hosted a series of cross-disciplinary, humanities grounded conversations in downtown Santa Cruz about “Questions That Matter.” The course series expands the impact of these public events into the undergraduate classroom as part of the Mellon Funded Expanding Humanities Impact and Publics project

This is an opportunity for graduate students to teach their own course and gain skills in course development. Selected graduate students will work with faculty mentors to develop a new undergraduate syllabus exploring the theme, “Data and Democracy.” Students will then teach this new course in one of 3 UCSC residential colleges with additional support from peer mentors.


Award: Selected applicants will be paid GSI salary and benefits for Spring 2018, plus $5,000 summer fellowship; with in-state tuition, fees and health insurance paid by the Graduate Division.


Course Details:

  • Spring quarter 2019
  • 5 credit, upper-division, undergraduate course
  • 30 student maximum
  • Theme will be “Data and Democracy”
  • Will be offered in 3 Colleges with shared, collaboratively-designed syllabus


Eligibility/GSI Application Requirements:

1. PhD students in good standing and within normative time in the following departments are eligible to apply for the Public Humanities Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position:

  • All departments in the Humanities Division
  • Visual Studies
  • Film and Digital Media
  • Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS)

2. Applicants must be registered and in residence during the 2018-19 academic year (ineligible to apply while on leave)

3. Advancement to candidacy strongly preferred


Participant Requirements: All participating Graduate Student Instructors must agree to teach the course in Spring quarter 2019 and agree to the following terms:

  1. 4 meetings with faculty mentors in Fall 2018 to design the syllabus and prepare the course for university approval
  2. 1-2 meetings in Winter 2019 with faculty mentors plus additional pedagogy workshops
  3. Mandatory attendance at the “Questions That Matter” public event on January 29, 2019 in downtown Santa Cruz.
  4. 2-3 meetings in Spring 2019, plus at least one classroom visit from faculty mentors


Application consists of:

  1. Cover letter of no more than 3 pages describing why applicant wants to teach the course; relevant qualifications; general teaching philosophy; particular approach to the theme of Data and Democracy. Please include a statement of commitment that you meet the eligibility and participant requirements.
  2. Unofficial transcript
  3. One-page CV
  4. Applicants must provide all teaching evaluations as TA and GSI
  5. Letter of recommendation from PhD advisor (emailed separately to


Click here to submit your application online (must be logged into your Google account to use this form).

Questions? Please contact Rachel Deblinger, Research Program Manager, The Humanities Institute