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2017-2018 HASTAC Scholars Program

Each year, Vanderbilt University appoints a number of graduate students as HASTAC Scholars. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media, and other channels of communication.


Graduate students interested in learning more about digital humanities and gaining hands-on experience are encouraged to apply to the 2017-2018 HASTAC Scholars program. Up to nine Vanderbilt University graduate students will be appointed as HASTAC Scholars, who will serve as Vanderbilt’s ambassadors to HASTAC. The appointment includes a $500 award as well as funding to attend the annual HASTAC conference.

The HASTAC Scholars program is designed for graduate students who are engaged with or have an interest in innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media, learning, 21st-century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities, and sciences. HASTAC Scholars blog about digital activities on their home campus, host forums, organize events, and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing, and structuring knowledge. For more information, see the HASTAC Scholars website.

Applications are welcome from Vanderbilt graduate students in any discipline.


Applicants must be enrolled in a Vanderbilt University graduate program in 2017-2018 and be in good standing in their graduate programs. Additionally, applicants must be on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Vanderbilt HASTAC Scholars will have three primary requirements for the year:

  1. Actively engage with a blog on the HASTAC website by reporting on relevant activities at Vanderbilt University.
  2. Contribute to HASTAC Scholars discussion forums, either by hosting or commenting. These discussions are part of the backbone of the HASTAC Scholars program.
  3. Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, helping organize local meetups, and meeting regularly with other HASTAC Scholars and representatives from their sponsoring centers.

Application Process

Complete the online application by 11:59pm CT on Sunday, September 3, 2017.  Note that the application will ask you for the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. Your preferred sponsoring centers (see below).
  3. A letter of interest no more than two pages long.  Letters should indicate how participation in HASTAC would benefit the applicant and how the applicant could contribute to Digital Humanities at Vanderbilt.
  4. The email address of the applicant’s academic advisor. We will contact advisors to confirm their endorsement of the applications, and to verify applicants’ standing in their graduate program and residency on the Vanderbilt campus in 2017-18.

Sponsoring Centers

Each HASTAC Scholar will be affiliated with one of the following sponsoring centers. Please be prepared to identify your preferred sponsoring centers in your application. Note that we cannot guarantee top choices, but we will consider your preference when matching HASTAC Scholars to centers.

  1. Center for Second Language Studies. The HASTAC Scholar affiliated with CSLS will show a keen interest in exploring teaching, learning, and research in second languages and cultures through the use of technology. The student’s work will be in the context of—helping to develop the website and building content by creating innovative teaching methodologies based on technology. The scholar will collaborate with CSLS graduate student affiliates, interact with faculty, and participate in CSLS working groups. In addition, the HASTAC Scholar will be involved in CSLS events, in particular our professional development seminars.
  2. Center for Teaching. The Center for Teaching is committed to the faculty, graduate student, and postdoc development of teaching at Vanderbilt and pursues multifaceted programming, from workshops to learning communities to certificate programs, on a variety of teaching and learning topics. The CFT’s HASTAC Scholar should have an interest in the use of technology in humanities teaching. The Scholar will participate in, and perhaps contribute to, CFT workshops and conversations on this topic during the year. The Scholar will also share observations and reflections on educational technology in the humanities on the CFT blog.
  3. Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. The Curb Center’s HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with the faculty, the other graduate student fellows (in Public Scholarship and Creative Writing), and our international partners in Belfast, São Paulo, and Montréal on digital media projects to promote social engagement. Additionally, the HASTAC Scholar will be expected to assist with various Curb Center events throughout the year and contribute to social media.
  4. Program in American Studies. The HASTAC scholar will assist in populating the Program’s new website, including creating dynamic and interactive content to engage students and faculty as well as alumni. The scholar will have special responsibility for outreach to current graduate students in American Studies-related fields and for developing a social or multimedia forum that can help us determine the future direction of our graduate program.
  5. Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The Warren Center’s HASTAC Scholar will be a dynamic participant in the life of this interdisciplinary research center and will be encouraged to participate in a variety of Warren Center activities. The HASTAC Scholar will help to maintain the Warren Center’s digital profile in an assortment of ways, including working with a unique digital archive recently completed by the Warren Center. Additionally, the Warren Center HASTAC Scholar will assist with various Warren Center events throughout the year.
  6. Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities. The HASTAC scholar at the Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities will participate in the life of the Center, joining a cohort of 8 graduate fellows. The scholar will develop and share a small-scale digital project, in consultation with the Digital Humanities directorship. The project might take many forms, for example: learning a new technology for digital scholarship and teaching it to others in a public workshop; exploring new facets of an existing research project using a new method of research or scholarly communication; leading a digital humanities interest group; devising a lesson plan for using digital technology in an undergraduate class; etc. Candidates need not submit a fully developed project proposal; general ideas and/or areas of interest will suffice.
  7. Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning. VIDL’s HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with VIDL staff on a project aimed to advance digital education at Vanderbilt. As part of their professional development, the HASTAC Scholar will have the opportunity to design and record a short video presentation on their scholarly work for the VIDL website, and to coordinate this professional development activity for other scholars.
  8. Department of History of ArtVisual Resources Center (HART-VRC). The HART-VRC collaboration with a HASTAC Scholar aims to establish and analyze the professional, personal, and social networks of an all-women’s architectural school, the Cambridge School of Architecture (c.1915-1945), using analog and digital repositories. The goal will be to develop a visual representation of the relationships between Cambridge School alumni as they moved from students to professional practice. Under the supervision of Chair and HART Prof. Kevin Murphy, this research will be published through a digital platform and will incorporate data visualization tools, such as GIS.
  9. The Wond’ry – Innovation Center at Vanderbilt University. The HASTAC Scholar affiliated with the Wond’ry will show a keen interest in exploring teaching, learning, and research in regard to technology and innovation. The HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with Wond’ry staff to observe, identify, and ultimately articulate the best ways that innovation is taught and delivered through technology and how innovation education is best absorbed by participants in a variety of programs. This individual will collaborate with Wond’ry staff and Wond’ry-affiliated students, as well as interact with faculty and members of the Nashville innovation community. In addition, the HASTAC Scholar will be involved in Wond’ry events, in particular our PreFlight, PostFlight, and Social Ventures programs.

Selection Criteria

  1. Evidence that the applicant understands and shares HASTAC’s core values.
  2. Evidence that the applicant’s academic and professional goals will benefit from participation in HASTAC.
  3. Evidence of benefits to Vanderbilt and/or the local community from the proposed participation.
  4. A commitment to meet regularly with the other HASTAC Scholars and their sponsoring centers.
  5. Please list your top three preferences among sponsoring centers in your application. Note that we cannot guarantee top choices, but we will consider your preference when matching HASTAC Scholars to centers.

For more information, email Mickey Casad at