Pedagogical Training and Teaching Opportunities

The Mellon Engaging Humanities Initiative provides courses and opportunities for undergraduate Fellows, but we also work with faculty and graduate students to support them in their teaching and mentoring. This page provides information for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about our Pedagogy Seminar, working as a mentor, and teaching Discovery or Learning Community courses.

Pedagogy Seminar and Working as a Mentor

HFA faculty members and graduate students selected to join Engaging Humanities will be named Engaging Humanities Teaching Fellows. They will come together for a research-based pedagogy seminar that focuses on studying teaching and learning in humanities disciplines. Graduate student Fellows will also participate in a mentoring seminar. After the seminars, some participants will have opportunities to teach Engaging Humanities courses or mentor Engaging Humanities undergraduate Fellows.

In the highly interactive Pedagogy Seminar, faculty and graduate student Teaching Fellows will both systematically investigate learning practices, develop frameworks for new courses, and start to develop assignments and activities for the courses.

To the greatest extent possible, seminar scheduling will occur around participants’ schedules. Participants should be generally available (with gaps of no more than 10-12 days) during Spring quarter and for individual/small group consultation during Summer Session A. Faculty and graduate students receive research funding/stipends for participation.

Building on their work in the pedagogical seminar, faculty participants will develop co-taught Engaging Humanities courses. Engaging Humanities courses are opportunities for faculty to collaboratively develop innovative curriculum, try different pedagogies, and stretch the boundaries of humanities learning and teaching. These courses are all “in load” (i.e., included in regular teaching responsibilities) for participating faculty. Faculty should plan on teaching these courses during the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 academic year.

The seminar will be facilitated by Linda Adler-Kassner, Professor of Writing Studies and Director, Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning. Adler-Kassner is also the PI of the Engaging Humanities grant.

In addition to the Pedagogy Seminar, graduate student Teaching Fellows will participate in a Mentoring Seminar. This seminar will prepare them to work as mentors, either for Engaging Humanities undergraduate Fellows or in other contexts. The seminar is facilitated by Elina Salminen, the Coordinator for Engaging Humanities.

There are two types of Engaging Humanities courses taught by Teaching Fellows 

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Learning Communities for first year or transfer students

Taught by two faculty members and enrolling 20 students; there are different learning communities for new first year students and new transfer students.

  • TWO learning communities will run in Summer Session B
  • THREE learning communities will run in Fall quarter

These courses will run in Summer B/Fall 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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Discovery Courses

These courses are taught by two faculty members and two predoctoral fellows (graduate students in HFA disciplines). Courses focus on content and ways of thinking within and across humanities disciplines. Each course will enroll up to 100 students. Courses will run in Winter and Spring in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

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All Mellon Engaging Humanities courses will carry GE Writing Requirement (WR) credit.

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We hope to include a variety of lively, dedicated faculty members and graduate students in this exciting effort. Calls for participants will be circulated each fall 2018-2020. If you are interested in participating, you can also contact Linda Adler-Kassner, the PI of the Engaging Humanities grant, at Applications will be reviewed by a group of HFA faculty and administrators.

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For questions or additional information contact Linda Adler-Kassner, PI of the Engaging Humanities grant, at