The UT-Austin School of Information, Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge, and Huston-Tillotson University are seeking faculty fellows to participate in a city-wide community of practice including academic, government, and nonprofit partners committed to leveraging information technology toward achieving social justice. The fellowship period is January 1 – December 31, 2021, and will involve a virtual seminar throughout spring 2021 culminating in a research project design workshop in May 2021; collaborative interdisciplinary and multi-institution research projects in summer 2021; and presentations of the progress toward research and education goals and efforts toward obtaining additional funding in fall 2021. Selected faculty fellows who participate in at least ten of the twelve virtual seminar meetings and who actively participate in at least one research project will receive a certificate of completion and may be eligible to receive a $5,000 stipend.
Achieving social justice is a global challenge of our time, and requires strategic partnerships among universities, government, and nonprofits. This city-wide collaboration will work toward advancing social justice in Austin, Texas through complementary expertise in social justice and public interest technology. This project will bring together faculty fellows with diverse experience and expertise to learn from and collaborate with community organizations, including nonprofits MEASURE and Capacity Catalyst, as well as The City of Austin, to create a community of practice around social justice informatics. Twenty-four faculty fellows will be selected from Huston-Tillotson University and the University of Texas at Austin.
This project will be rooted in our government and nonprofit partners’ efforts to achieve social justice, addressing a range of injustices experienced uniquely and intersectionally across aspects of identity such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, age, disability status, and a broad range of other identities and lived experiences. We strive for broad representation across these aspects, and success for this program will be measured in large part based on achieving significant representation across both academic backgrounds and personal identities.
Applications are due by November 23, and involve writing a 250-500 word essay in response to this prompt:
“Please describe what social justice informatics means to you, and the role you want to play in leveraging information technology to achieving social justice, touching on your academic and personal background.”
Please submit your application by filling out the following application form by November 23:
The PIT-UN Social Justice Informatics Faculty Fellows Program has been made possible through funding by the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN). We strongly encourage everyone to participate in the public sessions of the PIT-UN annual convening via Zoom on November 12 and 13, especially the panel on “Collaborating, Learning as a PIT Educator” which will involve discussion of our PIT-UN funded conference hosted at the University of Texas at Austin in March 2020, which will be held on Friday, November 13 from 3-4 pm CST.
We also invite you to join one of our virtual information sessions if you would like to learn more:
Monday, November 16, 5-5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 1-1:30 pm
To attend, please complete the following RSVP here to receive the Zoom meeting invitation: