Teaching Race at UVA - Call for Applications

June 3-7, 2019

Faculty from all schools and departments at UVA are invited to participate in the second cohort of a faculty development seminar that will provide UVA faculty with an in-depth understanding of the local history of race at UVA, in Charlottesville, and in the context of Virginia and the United States more broadly. The goal of this initiative is to equip a cohort of faculty from across UVA to incorporate the local history of race into their teaching. This place-based seminar is intended to support faculty from any discipline and any experience level—those who have been teaching and researching about race for many years but would like to learn more about local history, and those who would like to incorporate content about race into their teaching and research and would benefit from support to do so effectively. All participants will be expected to incorporate at least part of the seminar content into an existing or new course.

The seminar will include the historical periods of pre and early colonial Virginia, the history of enslaved laborers here and regionally, Emancipation, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and struggles for justice and equity by African Americans at UVA and in Charlottesville up to the present. We will connect historical events and struggles with contemporary concerns such as health, educational, and economic disparities, as well as white supremacist discourse and actions and present efforts toward justice and equity. Sessions will include a combination of site visits, presentations by subject matter experts, and discussions with colleagues about teaching practices. For a list of presenters and planning team members, as well as a more detailed description of the history and development of the program, please go to: https://provost.virginia.edu/faculty-development/teaching-race-uva-2019.

All participants will receive $3,000 in Research Funds (available by July 1, 2019 to be used by June 30, 2020.)  An additional $1,000 will be available to those who turn in revised syllabi that incorporate seminar content. These additional funds can be used to support site visits, guest speakers, research projects, or other aspects of the newly developed course before June 30, 2020.

In addition, faculty who wish to participate as a cohort in the Course Design Institute provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence June 10-14 to develop their related course will be supported financially by the Office of the Provost to do so.

Ongoing support for the development of the courses and as a cohort will be provided throughout the following academic year.

To apply to participate, please submit a statement of interest of up to 500 words including a description of the course you plan to rework or develop to incorporate seminar content, to: Jennie S. Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, at jsk3t@virginia.edu, by March 19, 2019.

Please contact Jennie S. Knight, Ph. D., Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, at jsk3t@virginia.edu or at 434-524-9381 with any questions.

For all inquiries, please contact: Jennie S. Knight, Ph. D., Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, at 434-924-5381 or jsk3t@virginia.edu.