Ethics Pedagogy Fellows
The Ethics Pedagogy Fellows contribute to the Edmond J. Safra Center’s efforts to support faculty in developing curricula for new ethics courses or in revising curricula for current ethics courses, especially (but not limited to) the Program in General Education’s new courses in “Ethics & Civics.” Pedagogy Fellows will also provide course development support to instructors across campus seeking to introduce ethics into their curricula or to revamp existing offerings. Christopher Robichaud, best known on campus for his pioneering work in simulation design, leads the Ethics Pedagogy Fellows as the Center’s first-ever Director of Pedagogical Innovation. In addition to these aims, Pedagogy Fellows will also research, develop, and curate instructional models and teaching resources for Teaching Fellows assigned to ethics-related courses.
We seek Fellows who are especially interested in supporting new course development in General Education and consulting with Teaching Fellows assigned to Ethics and Civics courses in particular. These Fellows will collaborate with the fellows assigned to support the Program in General Education. In addition, some Fellows serve as at-large consultants for faculty in the College and Professional Schools across the university who teach ethics courses outside the Program in General Education. Wherever possible, Ethics Pedagogy Fellows will be assigned to consult with faculty and teaching staff on courses and educational initiatives that align with their interests and experience.
The fellowship program for the 2020-21 academic year will focus Fellowship time generally on the following core areas:
- Contributing to the E.J. Safra Center’s efforts to support faculty in developing curricula for new ethics courses, or in revising curricula for existing courses, especially (but not limited to) the new General Education courses in “Ethics and Civics”;
- Supplementing existing programs for instructional support with programming tailored to the specific needs of teaching staff assigned to ethics-related courses;
- Working with Center researchers on developing, curating and presenting innovative instructional models and teaching resources for use at Harvard and beyond;
- Consulting with programs, departments, and/or individual faculty members from a variety of disciplines on how to integrate ethical analysis into their curricula.
Additionally, we are also seeking Fellows who are interested in specializing in the following strategic project areas:
- Educational Ethics - Conducting research focused on constructing a field of educational ethics, much in the model of bioethics, that is sufficiently rigorous and robust both to inform and be informed by educational practice, educational policy, and normative and social scientific scholarship.
- Harvard Ethics Bowl - Coaching a collaborative yet competitive undergraduate team at Harvard to compete against other university teams in arguing and defending their moral assessment of complex ethical issues facing society.
- Civil Disagreement - Developing and offering trainings for undergraduates interested in facilitating difficult dialogues on controversial issues.
- The Scientific Citizenship Initiative - Supporting the development of socially responsive and responsible curriculum at Harvard Medical School to bridge the gap between scientists and society.
- Practical Ethics - Working with educators in professional fields (such as health, technology, law, leadership and education) to develop pedagogical strategies for teaching ethics.
Qualifications include a demonstrable commitment to high-quality college teaching, experience as a Teaching Fellow in one or more ethics courses offered at Harvard University (or experience as a teaching assistant in an ethics course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and a passion for pedagogical innovation. Experience teaching General Education courses is especially helpful. Any student pursuing a Master's or PhD at Harvard or MIT is eligible, but preference will be given to advanced PhD candidates.
The fellowship lasts for the full academic year with a commitment of 10 hours/week for the duration of the fellowship. Pay is commensurate with the Teaching Fellow stipend for one course section per semester, fall and spring (the equivalent to .20 teaching rate). Fellows will also benefit from, and contribute to, the intellectually rich and dynamic life of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as they are able to attend Center events such as: lectures, dinners, seminars, workshops, and social activities.
How to Apply
The deadline for submitting this application is February 28, 2020, on which date this form will be automatically disabled at 11:59 p.m ET. Please note that the application form will be saved automatically while in progress, but no edits or alterations will be allowed once you have submitted the application.
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