GSAS Fellowships in Academic Administration: Heyman Center at Columbia

GSAS Fellowships in Academic Administration

Spring 2016 Descriptions

Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Society of Fellows

The GSAS Academic Administrative Fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and assist in promoting the mission of the Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, especially its public humanities projects.

Founded in the mid-1970s, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University (SoF) supports innovative research and scholarship, encourages interdisciplinary discussion, and fosters collaborative projects organized by its Fellows in concert with Columbia faculty. Housed in the Heyman Center for the Humanities since the 1980s, the Society offers oneyear fellowships, automatically renewable for up to two additional years, during which Fellows teach undergraduate courses, complete scholarly work, present work-in-progress to other Fellows and University faculty, and plan and participate in conferences on areas of research interest. The fellowships provide time and resources to develop independent scholarship within a broadening educational and professional context.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities (HCH) provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern. It sponsors public programming—lectures, poetry and fiction reading, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, and performances—and, through its Public Humanities Initiative, strives to expand the opportunities for humanities-based conversations, on and off campus, and to promote community-university partnered events. The Heyman Center also administers The Justice-in-Education Initiative, a collaborative project with the Center for Justice at Columbia, which provides education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and integrates the study of justice more fully into the Columbia University curriculum. The Justice-in-Education Initiative is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Depending on interest and aptitude, the GSAS Administrative Fellow at the Heyman Center and Society of Fellows may:

 Research, write, fact-check, copyedit, and proof website copy for the SoF and HCH websites

 Provide administrative and editorial support to the CHCI Medical and Health Humanities website (an HCH public humanities project)

 Assist communications efforts through web-based research and social media

 Research and write working drafts of documents

 Collect data and create databases

 Participate in producing videos for the websites

 Provide event support

 Participate in enhancing the SoF alumni network

 Perform other tasks as needed


 Strong organizational skills

 Ability to work independently and manage tasks within short deadlines

 Computer competence in or ability to obtain excellent computer skills, including CMS

 Detail-oriented

 Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills

Application and eligibility details here.

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