FEATURED JOB: The HistoryMakers 2023-2024 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellowship - The HistoryMakers

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The HistoryMakers 2023-2024 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy & Teaching Fellowship

Want to diversify your curriculum by incorporating a unique electronic resource centered around the black experience as well as innovation and pedagogy in your classroom? Want to join a growing cohort of faculty who seek to address the diverse learning needs of the 21st-century student? The HistoryMakers 2023-2024 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy & Teaching Fellowship is the perfect opportunity for you.

The HistoryMakers—the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive (www.thehistorymakers.org)—invites applications for the 2023-2024 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy & Teaching Fellowship. Up to eight (8) fellowships of $7,500 will be awarded. The fellowship period begins in June 2023 and extends to February 2024.

Applications are due no later than Friday, April 28, 2023Submission is open only to faculty at The HistoryMakers Digital Archive’s subscribing institutions. For a complete list of subscribing institutions, see this page: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/institutional-maker.


The goals for The HistoryMakers 2023-2024 Faculty Innovations in Pedagogy & Teaching Fellowship are to:

• Encourage innovation in pedagogy and teaching (submission of student work will be used to evaluate the level of innovation and pedagogy);

• Diversify your curriculum;

• Encourage extensive incorporation and exploration of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive in faculty instruction and student assignments and grading;


Successful applicants will evidence:

• Plans for weekly, in-depth use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive;

• Innovation in the use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive;

• Plans to submit their work to scholarly journals and present at academic conferences and to the general public.



Applicants must be:

• Current faculty at one of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive subscribing institutions (For a complete list of subscribing institutions, see “Current Members” on this page: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/digitalarchive/institutional-member);

• Either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents;

• Have the time/ability to participate (40 hours in preparatory time plus weekly 2-hour meetings) as part of a cohort of fellows for a monthlong summer immersion program in July 2023;

• Have the time/ability to participate for approximately 2 hours monthly from September 2023 through February 2024 for a synchronous virtual meeting between The HistoryMakers Innovations in Pedagogy and Teaching Fellows and The HistoryMakers staff.



Please complete an application here: https://forms.gle/TuJPYuieUFvtYRkw6 with the following:

• Background: Name, degrees earned, and current field, department, and university. Include your curriculum vitae or resume.

• Course Information (2023 Fall Courses ONLY): Title of the course, course number and course description, typical number of students enrolled (or maximum student enrollment) and the course’s delivery format (online, in-person, hybrid; synchronous, asynchronous).

• Teaching Statement: Description of your teaching philosophy and course design; in particular, highlight how you will incorporate The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and how it will impact student learning and work. Be specific about weekly integration of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and how it will be integrated into grading of student work.

• Syllabus:

  • If Reconfigured Course: Syllabus from the most recent course offering and significant, specific, and detailed proposed changes to the syllabus highlighting use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.
  • If New Course: Draft syllabus highlighting significant, specific, and detailed use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive.

• Rationale: Reasoning for selected course design and implementation.

• Presentation: Develop and be prepared to present a 5-minute PowerPoint summarizing your proposed use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive in your fall 2023 course.

• Previous Usage. If applicable, include a detailed description of any of your previous usage of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and what was learned.

• Finding Yourself in the Digital Archive: A 500-word essay that describes how you found yourself in the Digital Archive as well as your process (please see more information here).



The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides faculty rich primary source content for classroom instruction in the form of a unique electronic resource.

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive makes accessible the first person, video oral history testimonies of The HistoryMakersa 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Illinois. With more than 12,000 hours of searchable contentThe HistoryMakers Digital Archive’s highlighted transcripts and curated story segments make searching the collection both efficient and effective. Over 3,400 interviews of African American leaders from across a variety of disciplines—including the arts, business, civic engagement, education, entertainment, law, media, medicine, STEM, the military, music, politics, religion, sports, and fashion & beauty—are featured in The HistoryMakers Collection. Interviews last two to fifteen hours in length and have been conducted in 451 U.S. cities and towns—as well as in international locations like Mexico, the Caribbean and Norway. With recollections dating back to the 1700s, the archive contains thousands of subjects including business, technology, the Great Migration, foodways, poetry, The Black Arts Movement, funeral rites, public health, modern music, LGBTQ, science, theology, integration, shifts in beauty culture, black feminism, and more. The HistoryMakers archives also contain the stories of Alonzo Pettie, the oldest living black cowboy, and statesman General Colin Powell; as well as poets Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez. Also included are 211 of the nation’s top scientists, including Katherine Johnson, who was featured in the Hollywood movie Hidden Figures; civic leaders C.T. Vivian and Marion Wright Edelman; music icons Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones; business leaders former Amex CEO Ken Chenault, Merck CEO Ken Frazier, and former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns; lawyers former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill, political leaders Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former President Barack Obama (when he was an Illinois State Senator); as well as New York Times columnist Charles Blow, innovative artist Theaster Gates, museum director Thelma Golden, restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, and entrepreneur Daymond John.

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