Telluride Association, Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar
Faculty Pair, Critical Black and Ethnic Studies High School Summer Program
|Location:||New York, United States|
2018 Call for Applications for Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)
Telluride Association is looking for faculty pairs who will collaboratively design and teach a challenging six-week seminar course for high school students focused on critical Black and Ethnic studies. Through topical exploration of their respective subfields, faculty will introduce students to academic reading and writing. Applicants should have a track record of excellent teaching and either an advanced degree or a history of exemplary cultural work or intellectual production.
The Telluride Association defines Critical Black Studies as the study of black life that centers black people as subject while critically analyzing the cultures and contexts in which black people find themselves,both past and present; we define Critical Ethnic Studies as critical analysis of history, visual/musical/theatrical art, foodways, travel, politics, literature, philosophy, and more that challenges the limitations placed on—and the omissions committed against—marginalized knowledges.
Recent seminars have concerned citizenship, the Harlem Renaissance, creative arts, and health disparities. While seminars may incorporate occasional lectures, they should be focused on dialogue and exchange. A complete list of recent seminar topics can be found on Telluride Associations website and is linked here. Successful proposals often employ interdisciplinary approaches and creative pedagogical methods.
Instructors work collaboratively with program staff leaders or “factotums,” who help prep for seminars before the program and aid students with seminar readings and assignments outside of class. Factotums can participate in the seminar as much as faculty would like, but primarily serve as logistical assistance to faculty. Factotums also oversee all non-academic aspects of the program and community, including facilitating and guiding the self-governance of the student participants. They are directly supervised by the TASS committee leadership throughout the summer.
Seminars meet five days a week for 2.5 hours each morning and should strive to incorporate student discussion, faculty led activities, student presentations, field trips, and skills workshops. Both members of hired faculty pairs are expected to attend each day of seminar throughout the course of the program.
In the Summer of 2019 TASS seminars will run from late June to early August. Each seminar will host 14-16 students and each TASS site (Cornell University and the University of Michigan) will host two seminars to create a 28-32 student community.* We will hire four faculty pairs for the 2019 summer. Up to two faculty pairs from the winter 2018 faculty application cycle will be hired to fill summer 2020 faculty slots.
*Note: Each faculty pair will work with the same 14-16 students in their seminar throughout the program and are not responsible for student life outside of their seminar and seminar related field trips.
The Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar Program (TASS) brings together a small, diverse group of intellectually curious high school sophomores for an intensive six-week residential program with a focus on critical Black and ethnic studies.
During the program, TASS students participate in a college-level seminar, community self-governance, a public speaking program, and a service project guided by graduate and college-age program staff. As the intellectual cornerstone of the program, the seminar grounds students’ experience of self-government and service in critical, engaged study and inspires conversations that carry over into their everyday life. TASS aims to draw students to this unique intellectual community based on its intrinsic rewards, and as such, participants are not awarded grades or college credit.
Cost to Students
The Telluride Association is committed to extending opportunities to students regardless of their socioeconomic status, and strives to not reproduce social inequities in access to higher education. As such, Telluride Association and its university partners provide tuition, room, and board for all participating students. A work replacement stipend is also granted to students, if necessary.
Compensation and Duties
Each instructor will receive a stipend of $14,500 for program preparation, six weeks of teaching, a general program review, and substantial written evaluations of all participating students. Out-of-town faculty receive an additional stipend of up to $1000 help defray relocation expenses.
Application Materials Required
The TASS Committee selects faculty pairs on the basis of their ability to teach a seminar as outlined above, to collaborate effectively with each other and program staff, and to foster a dynamic, inclusive intellectual community.
Please submit all of the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF form:
(1) a cover letter. In your cover letter please indicate any site placement preference you might have as well as an indication of which summer you’d liked to be consider for if a preference exists.
(2) a 300-500 word course description that includes course goals and objectives
(3) a draft syllabus with reading list
(4) an illustrative five-page sample from a central reading
(5) a joint teaching statement. In your joint teaching statement please be sure to address the following questions: What are your individual teaching pedagogies and how do they complement each other ? How might/does your collaboration look in a classroom setting? What are your joint teaching goals?
(6) CVs for both instructors.
Faculty Application materials listed above should be sent via email to email@example.com in PDF form by Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. Applicants selected for interviews with be notified by Friday, May 4th and interviewed via phone or video conference the Weekend of May 26th.
Please direct any inquiries to the TASS Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Primary Category:||Black History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Ethnic History / Studies