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Faculty Supervisors, Scholars-in-Residence 2018

Application Start Date: Nov 2nd, 2017, 11:59 pm
Application End Date: Nov 22nd, 2017, 11:59 pm

Call for Applications: Faculty Supervisors, Jackman Scholars-in-Residence 2018

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) is pleased to invite applications for faculty supervisors for Scholars-in-Residence (SiR), an innovative, 4-week research residency for upper-year undergraduates at the University of Toronto. SiR provides participating faculty members with teams of 5 outstanding student researchers who work for 20 hours per week on faculty-led research projects for the period May 7 – June 1, 2018.

First-time SiR supervisors will receive $7,500 in research funds from the JHI to support the redesign of research projects to include student teams, and the time commitment for training and mentoring students (ca. 5-6 contact hours/week). Supervisors will contribute to the development of a knowledge base about project design and best practices for undergraduate RAs by submitting a final report.

Scholars-in-Residence 2018 will include up to 15 faculty supervisors whose research projects fall within the JHI’s broad interpretation of the “Humanities” (including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts). In addition to providing faculty with a source of outstanding RA support, and students with an opportunity to develop hands-on research skills, Scholars-in-Residence aims to nurture a close-knit, multi-disciplinary, and intergenerational community of humanities scholars. Students live together in residence, share meals, and (in their non-RA time) participate in research-focused workshops, excursions, and roundtable discussions.

Eligibility and selection criteria:
Research- and teaching-stream faculty in any unit affiliated with the JHI are invited to apply. SiR 2018 will include up to 5 UTM-based projects for a residency hosted on the Mississauga campus; UTM-based faculty members are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria are the scholarly merit of the research proposal, the rationale for including undergraduate researchers in the project, and the expected benefit to students.

Applications must be submitted through the JHI online application system (scroll to the bottom of this page and click Apply Now! Applicants must create an account or log in, in order to submit applications. Applications consist of a one-page Research Project Description that includes information on the role of the student RAs, and a current CV.

Deadline:  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:59pm. Applicants will be notified of a decision by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Questions: Contact: Ira Wells, Coordinator, Scholars-in-Residence: ira.wells@utoronto.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do faculty use their undergraduate researchers?  Supervisors have successfully employed their undergraduate research teams in strikingly different ways: Tasks included conducting and analyzing interviews, researching and exploiting primary sources in on-line databases and libraries, producing annotated bibliographies, coding digital data sets, creating course syllabi, producing websites, digital exhibitions, podcasts and blog posts, writing abstracts and metadata, and devising / revising original research questions.
  • What are the concrete outcomes of faculty participation in the project?  Research outcomes include single and co-authored scholarly articles, précis and a wide range of background material for new scholarly monographs, essay abstracts, white papers, digital exhibitions, websites, conference papers, and materials for an exhibition.
  • Can graduate students be involved with the undergraduate research teams?  Yes, some supervisors integrated their Scholars into research teams that also included graduate students, post-docs, and/or specialized training with workshop leaders. Supervisors have also successfully used graduate students as project managers of research teams.
  • Can undergraduates successfully contribute to faculty research projects?  Participating supervisors have consistently indicated in project feedback that their experiences with their undergraduate research teams have been highly productive, gratifying, and have in many cases exceeded expectations.
  • How much time is required?  While student contact time varies according to the needs of the project, faculty supervisors are asked to commit at least 5-6 hours per week in contact time.
  • What is the timeline for the project?  The call for faculty supervisors will be available starting November 1. Faculty proposals consist of 1-page project descriptions, plus an explanation of how undergraduate research teams will contribute to the research project. Decisions are communicated to faculty in early December. The project itself runs for four weeks during the month of May.

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