Humanities Institute

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Program Assistant (Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute)

Description

The Program Assistant will work with the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator to plan and implement a program for our 2018 Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute, which will be held in May. The Assistant will work to increase the reach of and public engagement with the Pop-Up Institute’s medical humanities initiatives and to facilitate collaboration among faculty. Responsibilities will include helping to plan and promote the public lectures, both within the University and among Central Texas communities, and assisting with day-to-day program management, including working with the Program Coordinator to plan events and meetings for the Institute’s participants, processing administrative documents related to the Institute, and keeping track of and processing expenses.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Promote Institute events on social media, through email blasts, and by postering campus.
  • Assist in the planning, promotion and execution of the Pop-Up Institute weekly lectures, to take place over the month of May 2018.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Help plan the Institute’s faculty seminar and working groups, including ordering refreshments, reserving space, liaising with Facilities to process equipment and set-up requests, and drafting meeting and seminar agendas.
  • Take notes on the Institute May events and draft event reports.
  • Present new ideas for how to engage university students, faculty and staff and members of the public in our interdisciplinary medical humanities program.
  • Foster interest in the humanities across disciplines, including in the social sciences, sciences and medicine, public policy, etc., particularly in relation to the Medical Humanities.
  • Assist Program Coordinator with facilitating collaboration and conversations among faculty participants.
  • Assist Program Coordinator with tracking expenses and processing receipts.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks related to the Institute as they arise.

The Program Assistant will also have the opportunity to write and/or commission blog posts on topics related to the Medical Humanities.

This position will have scheduled hours during normal business hours, which are 9-5 M-F, but the Assistant will also need to work at some evening events, which typically take place on week nights. Exact events will be determined based on the Student Assistant's schedule at the beginning of the semester. Students in this position should expect most of their time to be scheduled during normal business hours.

This position is for 10 hours a week at $9.50/hour, starting immediately and continuing through June 1, 2018.

Learning Outcomes:

The student will learn how to:

  • Prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines;
  • Appropriately interact and communicate with faculty, students, and staff from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as community members outside of the University;
  • Write for and appeal to a broad public;
  • Promote programs and events strategically;
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a team;
  • Plan and manage public and private events;
  • Foster partnerships with both university and public programs and institutions;
  • Articulate the mission and vision of the Humanities Institute and the Pop-Up Institute and its programs to peers, campus partners, and community members;
  • Articulate the importance of the value of the humanities both within the University and to the public good;
  • Demonstrate competency in social presence across popular platforms; and
  • Conduct independent research.  

Qualifications:

  • Interest and/or experience in the humanities or medical humanities
  • Punctual and consistently available during scheduled hours
  • Detail-oriented
  • Communicates effectively in person, via email, and by phone
  • Team oriented
  • Desire to learn and master new skills
  • Proactive
  • Strong writing skills preferred

Supervisor’s Name: Clare Callahan, Ph.D.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position and a resume to Dr. Clare Callahan at ccallahan@utexas.edu


Communications Assistant

Description:

The Communications Assistant will work with the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator to increase the reach of and public engagement with the Institute’s interdisciplinary programs and resources. The Assistant’s responsibilities will include helping to promote our programs, including public lectures, forums, and workshops, both within the University and among Central Texas communities, and to encourage broad public engagement with our blog Thinking in Community, which features posts about interdisciplinary humanities research and humanistic approaches to various topics related to our programs. The Assistant will also assist the HI Program Coordinator with day-to-day program management, including planning events and processing administrative documents related to programs and events.

  • Help to manage HI’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter 
  • Assist in the promotion of our Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, our Difficult Dialogues Public Forums, our Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute, our Controversy & Conversation film series, and other events through email blasts, social media, and postering campus.
  • Participate in bi-weekly one-hour staff meetings.
  • Present new ideas for how to engage university students, faculty and staff and members of the public in our interdisciplinary humanities programs, events and opportunities, especially in the Medical Humanities.
  • Foster interest in the humanities across disciplines, including in the social sciences, sciences and medicine, public policy, etc., particularly in relation to the Medical Humanities.
  • Assist Program Coordinator with establishing relationships with and opportunities for partnerships with Dell Medical School and other Medical Humanities programming on campus.

The Communcations Assistant will also have the opportunity to write and/or commission blog posts on topics related to our programs and events. This position will have scheduled hours during normal business hours, which are 9-5 M-F. This position is for 10 hours per week and will pay $9.50 per hour. 

Learning Outcomes:

The student will learn how to:

  • Prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines;
  • Appropriately interact and communicate with faculty, students, and staff from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as community members outside of the University;
  • Write for and appeal to a broad public;
  • Promote programs and events strategically;
  • Work and communicate effectively as part of a team;
  • Foster partnerships with both university and public programs and institutions;
  • Articulate the mission and vision of the Humanities Institute and its programs to peers, campus partners, and community members;
  • Articulate the importance of value of the humanities both within the University and to the public good;
  • Demonstrate competency in social presence across popular platforms; and
  • Conduct independent research.  

Qualifications:

  • Interest and/or experience in the humanities
  • Punctual and consistently available during scheduled hours
  • Detail-oriented
  • Communicates effectively in person, via email, and by phone
  • Team oriented
  • Desire to learn and master new skills
  • Proactive
  • Strong writing skills preferred

Supervisor’s name: Clare Callahan, Ph.D.

To apply for this position, please submit the following to ccallahan@utexas.edu.

  1. Cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for this position
  2. Resume
  3. 2-page writing sample

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