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Lecturer - Humanities - Dean's Office of Arts and Humanities

University of California Berkeley
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 19, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Lecturer - Humanities - Dean's Office of Arts and Humanities

The Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an outstanding lecturer to prepare and teach the course HUM 12 “Berkeley Changemakers: Humanists at Work” during the academic year. Preparation for the course will take place in the Fall, and the course will be offered in the Spring.

General duties (include but are not limited to): Fall: Curating and contacting a roster of Berkeley Arts and Humanities alumni, organizing weekly alumni visits to the class throughout the Spring semester, developing the course syllabus, working with Career Services and the Public Service Center to create a list of available internships and public service projects for interested students, communicating these opportunities with enrolled students, guiding their applications to these placements. Spring: Teach HUM 12 “Berkeley Changemakers: Humanists at Work,” a large enrollment lower-division lecture course; in addition to classroom responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, advising students, preparing course materials, maintaining a course website, supervising readers (graders), and organizing classroom visits by A&H alumni.

The Department may request additional documentation from finalist to verify teaching experience.

The University is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty and has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

About HUM 12 “Berkeley Changemaker: Humanists at Work”
As a connector course to the enormously popular L&S 12: “The Berkeley Changemaker,” this course will potentially attract 100 lower-division students, who will either take the course for 2 units as a stand-alone, or for 4 units in conjunction with an internship or public service project. This course will connect the work students do in their arts and humanities classrooms to the social and professional worlds at large in several ways: by connecting them to Berkeley A&H alumni who are now changemakers in their fields, by giving them the skills and insight to articulate their capacities as students of the humanities, and by introducing them to pathways to meaningful professional life and public service. “Humanists at Work” directly and productively confronts the myth that the study of arts and humanities does not prepare students for careers, and actively demonstrates the highly desirable and highly transferable skills they gain as humanists-in-training. The course will explore how skills like critical thinking, analytic writing, persuasive speaking, original research, and project-management translate into the workplace - be it in private industry, public service, entrepreneurial ventures, or the arts themselves. In revealing the broad array of careers and meaningful work opportunities that are available to students, the course endorses the passion, curiosity, and imagination that inspired them to explore the arts and humanities in the first place, and teach them how these qualities can result in substantial contributions to the world.

The course is comprised of three elements - mentorship, career readiness, and public service. For the mentorship portion of the course, the instructor will invite Berkeley alumni at various stages in their careers to talk about how their undergraduate experiences in arts and humanities helped them become changemakers beyond academia, how the skills they gained translated into real-world practice, and how their values and commitments as changemakers determine the qualities they seek in the people with whom they collaborate.

For the career readiness weeks, the instructor will focus on those skills that employers most seek and that are highly developed in arts and humanities students: problem-solving, written and verbal communication, analytic skills, leadership, and initiative. Resume and interview guidance will help students learn how to tell their stories and communicate their capacities as humanities students to employers.

Finally, the public service section of the course will allow students to explore many possibilities for meaningful public-facing work that they can accomplish while still undergraduates. Working in communities, schools, organizations, entrepreneurial projects, or politics, students can find out how to bring their passions to the world; learn from a vibrant and diverse range of people who are addressing issues on local, national, and global scales; and discover how to combine passion, talent, and hard work in ways that allow them to develop leadership qualities of their own.

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