Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data Course Fellow

Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data (HUM 295)

Course Fellow Job Description
Summer 2021


Freshman Scholars Institute: Program Overview

FSI is a seven-week summer program that allows a cohort of entering students the chance to experience the intellectual, co-curricular, and social life at Princeton prior to the beginning of the fall semester. During the program, Freshman Scholars immerse themselves in the intellectually vibrant culture at Princeton through seminar-style courses and laboratory experiences. They engage with fellow scholars in a variety of co-curricular, community-building activities, and work closely with faculty members from a range of academic disciplines and fields. By experiencing early the many resources that Princeton has to offer, Freshman Scholars have the chance to prepare themselves to be future campus leaders and peer mentors. 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, FSI will be held entirely online this summer, and all students, faculty, and staff, including Course Fellows, will work remotely. The Course Fellow role in FSI will begin on June 27th and conclude on August 13th.


Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data: Course Overview Description

Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data (HUM 295) is a course designed to introduce students to different methods for thinking critically about our screen-saturated environments. Beginning with the premise that studying media and data can involve practices of both reading and making, the course consists of weekly seminars for reading discussion and guest lectures on contemporary theories and methods, along with a weekly “collaboratory” where students will engage in hands-on practica. Through modules covering visual culture, science and technology studies, and digital humanities, students will learn to analyze mass-circulated images and text; examine the historical and social context of technoscientific innovation; and experiment with data sets and data visualization. As we explore these approaches to the study of media, culture, and technology, we will consider the stakes of such inquiry from the standpoint of justice and equity. Seminars will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays for 1.5 hours each; collaboratories will take place on Fridays for 3 hours.


HUM 295 Course Fellow: Position Description

Course Fellows are experienced peers learners who work with students enrolled in HUM 295. In addition to attending the weekly seminars and collaboratory (total of 6 hours per week), Fellows will facilitate group study sessions to help students understand course readings and brainstorm responses to weekly guided questions (~2 hours per week; schedule TBD), and set weekly “office hours” for students to check in and get help with weekly assignments (~3 hours per week; schedule TBD). Course Fellows will also regularly meet with members of the HUM 295 teaching team to discuss course progress, and contribute overall to a welcoming and inclusive academic community during FSI. Fellows will receive training from the Freshman Scholars Institute’s Inclusive Pedagogy Symposium once per week, and ongoing guidance and support from their seminar instructor. 



HUM 295 Course Fellows will gain:

  • Compensation at $20/hour, with the expectation of ~25 hours/week.
  • Mentorship from FSI staff and HUM 295 instructors.
  • Intensive training through participation in the Inclusive Pedagogy Symposium.
  • Teaching experience with a diverse undergraduate population.


Commitment: ~25 hours/week



Pre-FSI Commitment

FSI Course Fellows should plan to spend approximately 5 hours per month preparing for FSI in April and May on the following activities:

  • Attending professional development trainings and staff meetings 
  • Communicating with and disseminating information to accepted Freshman Scholars

FSI Program Commitment

Course Fellows should plan to spend 25 hours per week on the following responsibilities: 

  • Attending and participating in FSI training on June 23 and 24, including any necessary prep work.
  • Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Orientation between June 26-28.
  • Completing an inclusive pedagogy symposium and all related work.
  • Attending and participating in ongoing professional development trainings
  • Attending Monday/Wednesday seminars and Friday collaboratory; supporting HUM instructors in their lesson plans.
  • Meeting weekly with HUM instructor to plan upcoming instruction and debrief recent work.
  • Becoming familiar with all readings and related discussion questions at least one week prior to FSI students’ engagement with them.
  • Scheduling and leading weekly group study sessions with small groups of HUM students to help them understand readings and brainstorm responses to weekly discussion questions.
  • Actively participating in and helping moderate Canvas discussion forums.
  • Providing additional mentorship, curricular, and co-curricular support to Freshman Scholars as needed.
  • Attending and helping to facilitate FSI Reorientation, dates TBD in August.


Mature undergraduate students possessing advanced critical reading and writing skills, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring. Familiarity with or interest in media studies, working with data sets, data visualization, digital platforms, or digital humanities a plus, but not necessary.


The deadline to apply is April 2, 2021 via the following link: