An Important Memo from the Interim Graduate Dean
An Important Memo from the Interim Graduate Dean
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Crossroads 2.0 Call for Proposals
March 18, 2021
The Graduate Division and the College of Creative Studies announce a new teaching opportunity, following in the tradition of the original Crossroads. We invite pairs of graduate students to submit a proposal to teach an undergraduate course to be offered in the College of Creative Studies (CCS) during the 2021-22 academic year.  The course should be built around a social justice or environmental justice theme, and would be taught by two graduate students coming from different fields (i.e. distinguishable disciplinary epistemologies).  
Interested applicants may already have graduate student colleagues from other departments in mind for a collaboration, but we will also host an event during spring quarter intended to bring together graduate students to find others with like interests.  We especially encourage interested students to enroll in GRAD 210 (taught by Dr. Lisa Berry and Dr. Josh Kuntzman) as an opportunity to develop an idea for such a course. GRAD 210: College and University Teaching: From Theory to Practice, engages with strategies for applying pedagogical theories and evidence-based teaching to course design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation, and is offered spring quarter.
In CCS, the goal is to offer an educational experience that presents students with opportunities to discover how their own disciplinary knowledge can come together in generative ways with that of other disciplines around an important issue.  CCS already offers incredible opportunities for undergraduates to explore a specific discipline deeply; this course would provide one opportunity for them to work on thinking across disciplines.
The students selected for Crossroads 2.0 will be provided:
  • a stipend of $5,000 each for Summer 2021 to begin working on the course 
  • a second stipend of $5,000 each for Fall 2021 to finalize the syllabus while holding a TA or GSR position in their department
  • an Associate position each to teach the course in Winter 2022
To apply for Crossroads 2.0, pairs of students should submit a 3-5 page description of the course concept (specifying the social or environmental justice theme, interdisciplinary approaches, and a plan for developing the course) and a c.v. for each student. Proposals are due on June 1, and decisions will be announced by June 15. 
For further information, contact Gerardo Aldana, Dean of the College of Creative Studies, at gvaldana@ucsb.edu or Leila Rupp, Interim Dean of the Graduate Division, at lrupp@ucsb.edu.
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