Graduate Study

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts includes over twenty departments and programs, offering twenty-nine undergraduate degrees and twenty-eight graduate degrees. Almost half of the courses taught in the College are offered in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Graduate students receive rigorous professional training that prepares them for careers in academia, the arts, public and cultural institutions, and related fields. Internationally recognized scholars and artists teach undergraduate and graduate students and advance their fields with innovative research, publications, and creative activity that both preserve our traditions and map new fields of study. A wide variety of collaborative research projects, departmental centers, and interdepartmental programs and consortia promote interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship that bring together students and faculty across the Division, the College of Letters and Science, and the university.

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts works diligently to promote research and teaching for its graduate students. Each year the Dean has found ways to support graduate student education.

Dean's Prize Teaching Fellowship
Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017
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Thanks to a generous gift from Steven and Barbara Mendell, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts is again able to offer the Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellowship. The award is intended to reward excellence in teaching and to encourage curricular design and pedagogical practices that integrate scholarly research into undergraduate teaching.

Description: Prize winners will be appointed as Teaching Associates for one quarter to offer an independently-taught seminar developed in consultation with a faculty mentor and the department or program in which the course will be taught. In addition to a regular Teaching Associate appointment, each Dean’s Prize Teaching Fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend and a $500 research account to assist in the development and teaching of the course. The course may be taught in the applicant’s home department or in another HFA unit, and may be offered in FWS 2017-18 or as a 6-week Summer Session offering in 2018. Depending on the course and departmental needs and practices, seminars may be at the freshman, lower-division, or upper-division undergraduate level. Seminars can be listed under course rubrics already approved for inclusion in the General Catalog. Courses are meant to be seminars in which students participate and collaborate (20-25 students). Courses must meet minimum enrollment criteria.

Eligibility: At the time of application, applicant must be a doctoral candidate in an HFA department or program, with a strong record as a TA and/or Associate, and must meet qualifications for appointment as an Associate. This fellowship may not be combined with another UCSB fellowship stipend or a teaching appointment.

Application process and materials:

I. Applicant must submit the following information as a single PDF via email.

• A brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy.

• A course proposal outlining topics, reading, assignments, and pedagogical goals -- with special attention to how the course is pedagogically designed for students at the freshman, lower-division, or upper-division level, and how undergraduates will engage in research. Seminars are expected to focus on topics related to the dissertation research, not simply as a presentation of the dissertation, but as pedagogically appropriate explorations of topics informed by the expertise developed in the dissertation research.

• A course syllabus.

• A two-page description of the dissertation.

II. Department must submit the following information as a PDF via email:
• Department chair’s letter indicating 1) acceptance of the course and explaining how it will support or enrich the existing curriculum; 2) the expected enrollment and the proposed teaching quarter; and 3) that the candidate meets the criteria for appointment as a Teaching Associate.

• Department chair should also provide the candidate’s ESCI scores and all student written comments from teaching (as a PDF).

•A letter of recommendation from a faculty member should assess the candidate’s work and teaching, and evaluate the proposed course. The faculty mentor (from any appropriate department) should confirm his or her willingness to offer advice and guidance as the graduate student plans and teaches the course. The faculty recommender and the faculty mentor may be the same person.

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by a Humanities and Fine Arts Graduate Advisory Committee. The date for announcement of the prize is tentatively set for May.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, April 14, 2017. Submit Materials to: Maeve Devoy,