Announcing the UW's 2013-14 HASTAC Scholars

The Simpson Center has nominated ten graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year, based on their advancement of digital scholarship at the UW.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how people learn, teach, communicate, and organize local and global communities. It was created to look toward the future of higher education in a digital age with a three-pronged focus on new media and technologies, critical thinking, and participatory learning.

The HASTAC Scholars Program seeks to bring the innovative work and events taking place in the institutions, communities, and regions of HASTAC Scholars to the attention of the HASTAC network. As HASTAC Scholars, students represent their home institutions to the national consortium by participating in online intellectual dialogues and networking with scholars face-to-face to discuss theoretical, critical, and technical matters related to digital culture.

The 2013-14 UW HASTAC Scholars are:

  • Rachel Arteaga (English)
  • Dana Bublitz (Information School)
  • Alexandra Burgin (English)
  • Tiffany Grobelski (Geography)
  • Verena Kick (Germanics) 
  • Angelica Macklin (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
  • Leah Rankin (English)
  • Noralis Rodriguez (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies)
  • Tyler Scowcroft (English)
  • Rachel Shields (English)

Several of this year’s HASTAC Scholars are involved with Women Who Rock and Teaching with Technology, projects funded through the Simpson Center.  Women Who Rock brings together scholars, musicians, media-makers, performers, artists, and activists to explore the role of women and popular music in the creation of cultural scenes and social justice movements in the Americas. The project includes an annual participant-driven community engagement conference and film festival; coursework at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and an online oral history archive.

Teaching with Technology is a Graduate Interest Group that brings together teaching assistants from various departments in conversations about the use of technology in the classroom. Group meetings provide a platform for both experienced and less-experienced teachers to discuss technological tools (such as the use of mobile devices) and online tools (for example, social media and blogging) in various classroom settings. Participants also have opportunities to collaborate on pilot projects and showcase their ongoing pedagogical work.

The Simpson Center is a leading member of HASTAC and has nominated graduate students to represent the UW in the HASTAC Scholars Program since its inception in 2008.