Ethics Pedagogy Fellows
Special Call for Applications: Ethics Pedagogy Fellow Role
Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology
The Scientific Citizenship Initiative at Harvard Medical School (SCi) is seeking a Pedagogy Fellow to modify and implement simulation-based scenarios from its Ethics and Governance of Biotechnology nanocourse series. The selected pedagogy fellow would be responsible for modifying existing simulations to improve upon them for in-class learning and to make them appropriate for online learning, as well as helping to design simulation-based online teaching modules as part of an interdisciplinary team. The pedagogy fellow would also support SCi in teaching ethics modules for STEM graduate students. This is an exciting opportunity to generate innovative curricula and make science training more socially responsible by democratizing access to ethics training in the life sciences.
The Governance & Ethics of Biotechnology is a 3-module nanocourse series. Each module centers on a simulation about an emerging biotechnology: gene drive, life extension therapies, and neurointerventions. The simulations, designed in collaboration with the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, engage students to make ethical decisions about research and technology. Working in teams, students must communicate their reasoning within their small groups and to the classroom. The simulations are designed to allow students to practice effective ethical decision-making, communication, and leadership skills.
SCi aims to make these simulations more widely available to learners within and outside the Harvard community on the SCi website. Conversion to online simulations will allow interested students to explore the scenarios (on their own or with peers), and enable instructors to use these simulations in their existing classrooms.
The selected fellow would work directly with SCi’s Curriculum Lead and former EJ Safra Center visiting fellow, Natalie Kofler, as well as a team of pedagogy experts, communications staff, and web designers. This project must begin in Fall 2022 for implementation in Spring 2023. The fellow is expected to work 5-10 hours a week within a flexible schedule to accommodate their other commitments.
To apply for an Ethics Pedagogy Fellowship, please complete this online application by Tuesday, August 9. You will be asked to upload a CV as well as a letter of interest in .doc or .pdf form.
For any questions, please feel free to contact Natalie Kofler: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Fellowship Information
The Ethics Pedagogy Fellows contribute to the Edmond & Lily Safra Center’s efforts to support faculty in developing curricula for new ethics courses or in revising curricula for current ethics courses, especially (but not limited to) the Program in General Education’s new courses in “Ethics & Civics.” Pedagogy Fellows will also provide course development support to instructors across campus seeking to introduce ethics into their curricula or to revamp existing offerings. Christopher Robichaud, best known on campus for his pioneering work in simulation design, leads the Ethics Pedagogy Fellows as the Center’s first-ever Director of Pedagogical Innovation. In addition to these aims, Pedagogy Fellows will also research, develop, and curate instructional models and teaching resources for Teaching Fellows assigned to ethics-related courses.
We seek Fellows who are especially interested in supporting new course development in General Education and consulting with Teaching Fellows assigned to Ethics and Civics courses in particular. These Fellows will collaborate with the fellows assigned to support the Program in General Education. In addition, some Fellows serve as at-large consultants for faculty in the College and Professional Schools across the university who teach ethics courses outside the Program in General Education. Wherever possible, Ethics Pedagogy Fellows will be assigned to consult with faculty and teaching staff on courses and educational initiatives that align with their interests and experience.
The fellowship program for the 2022-2023 academic year will focus Fellowship time generally on the following core areas:
- Contributing to the Edmond & Lily Safra Center’s efforts to support course development and other course support;
- Supplementing existing programs for instructional support with programming tailored to the specific needs of teaching staff assigned to ethics-related courses;
- Working with Center researchers on developing, curating and presenting innovative instructional models and teaching resources for use at Harvard and beyond;
- Consulting with programs, departments, and/or individual faculty members from a variety of disciplines on how to integrate ethical analysis into their curricula.
Fellows have engaged such work through a number of initiatives, located both at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center and other partners on campus. Examples include:
- Educational Ethics - Conducting research focused on constructing a field of educational ethics, much in the model of bioethics, that is sufficiently rigorous and robust both to inform and be informed by educational practice, educational policy, and normative and social scientific scholarship.
- Harvard Undergraduate Ethics Bowl - Coaching a collaborative yet competitive undergraduate team at Harvard to compete against other university teams in arguing and defending their moral assessment of complex ethical issues facing society.
- Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership - Developing and offering training for undergraduates interested in facilitating difficult dialogues on controversial issues across political ideologies.
- Practical Ethics - Working with educators in professional fields (such as health, technology, law, leadership and education) to develop pedagogical strategies for teaching ethics.
- The Scientific Citizenship Initiative - Supporting the development of socially responsive and responsible curriculum at Harvard Medical School to bridge the gap between scientists and society.
Qualifications include a demonstrable commitment to high-quality college teaching, experience as a Teaching Fellow in one or more ethics courses offered at Harvard University (or experience as a teaching assistant in an ethics course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and a passion for pedagogical innovation. Experience teaching General Education courses is especially helpful. Any student pursuing a Master's or PhD at Harvard or MIT is eligible, but preference will be given to advanced PhD candidates. Renewal of the one-year fellowship is also sometimes possible.
The fellowship lasts for the full academic year with a commitment of 10 hours/week for the duration of the fellowship. Pay is commensurate with the Teaching Fellow stipend for one course section per semester, fall and spring (the equivalent to .20 teaching rate). Opportunities for summer projects are also available, pending interest and needs of the program. Fellows will also benefit from, and contribute to, the intellectually rich and dynamic life of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, as they are able to attend Center events such as lectures, dinners (if it is safe to hold them), seminars, workshops, and social activities.
How to Apply
To apply for an Ethics Pedagogy Fellowship, please complete this application by March 1, 2022. You will be asked to upload a CV as well as a letter of interest in .doc or .pdf form.
The deadline for submitting this application is March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET. Please note that the application form will be saved automatically while in progress, but no edits or alterations will be allowed once you have submitted the application.
If you have any questions, please contact Jake Fay at: email@example.com.